As Congress tries to regulate ‘forever chemicals,’ local water systems push back

BY: - July 20, 2021

WASHINGTON—Local water utilities worried about getting hit with lawsuits and high cleanup costs are stepping up their lobbying of Congress as lawmakers move to regulate toxic chemicals found in drinking water. The bill, the PFAS Action Act of 2021, has garnered bipartisan support and two Michigan lawmakers, Reps. Debbie Dingell, a Democrat, and Fred Upton, a Republican, are […]

Revolving door brings Trump-tied Florida lobbying firm even closer to the White House

BY: - February 4, 2019

By Anna Massoglia and Karl Evers-Hillstrom Florida’s Brian Ballard has gone from zero (federal) clients to 100 real quick, leveraging his Trump ties to build a Washington office practically from nothing and collecting numerous high-profile clients since the beginning of the Trump administration. Ballard Partners has obtained more than one hundred foreign and domestic clients since Trump’s […]

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Which FL Constitutional amendment got the most votes?

BY: - November 8, 2018

In a state divided on most issues, Florida voters rallied around one surprising state Constitutional Amendment to pass it by an almost 80 percent majority – Amendment 12, which deals with lobbying and abuse of public office by public officers. It was the highest percentage of voters to support any of the 12 proposed state […]

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A closer look at Florida Constitutional Amendment 12

BY: - October 3, 2018

AMENDMENT 12: lobbying and abuse of office by public officers BALLOT SUMMARY: “Expands current restrictions on lobbying for compensation by former public officers; creates restrictions on lobbying for compensation by serving public officers and former justices and judges; provides exceptions; prohibits abuse of a public position by public officers and employees to obtain a personal […]