Ex-Staffer and Lobbyist Took Pre-Election Leap to Antiques
Daphna Peled recently opened Pillar & Post in Georgetown

Daphna Peled recently opened Pillar & Post in Georgetown. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

A few miles from the Capitol, in what feels like a getaway from political turmoil, lies a piece of vintage British culture in Washington.

Former Capitol Hill staffer turned lobbyist Daphna Peled left her political career to start Pillar & Post, an antique shop in Georgetown that sells British furniture and decor such as tea sets, pillows and artwork.

Disgraced Lobbyist Abramoff Registers as Foreign Agent
Lawyer: Abramoff ‘is not on probation and is not the subject of any ongoing investigation’

After leaving Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington, D.C. in 2006, Jack Abramoff, waits to leave the premises, after entering a plea agreement on three felony charges. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The conviction of Jack Abramoff, perhaps the most infamous modern K Street character, apparently wasn’t the end of the Justice Department’s interest in the former hot-shot lobbyist.

Abramoff, who was sentenced to prison in 2008 on federal corruption and other charges, recently filed a retroactive foreign agent lobbying registration for unpaid — and unsuccessful — work aimed at helping the Republic of Congo arrange a meeting with President Donald Trump, new DOJ filings showed.

GoFundMe Page to Support Lobbyist Matt Mika Raises Goal to 50K
Page for wounded police officer nears goal of $20,000

Alexandria Police officers rope off the crime scene around Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Va., where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot during baseball practice on June 14. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Nearly $40,000 has been raised to support the recovery of Tysons Food lobbyist Matt Mika, who was shot in the chest at the Republican team’s baseball practice last week.

On Monday, the page’s goal was $20,000. By Tuesday morning, it was raised to $50,000 and had donations from more than 300 people.

Casino Lobby Launches Sports Betting Campaign
Group seeks repeal of law banning betting on sporting events and games

The casino industry is pushing to overturn the law banning sports betting. (Courtesy Baishampayan Ghos/Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 2.0)

The American Gaming Association is making a wager that a new coalition will convince Congress to repeal a 1992 law that bans most states from allowing sports betting.

The association, which represents the casino industry, will launch the American Sports Betting Coalition on Monday with members that include law enforcement and state and local governments, among others.

Trump’s Ethics Waivers Grant Ex-Lobbyists Wide Influence
Ethics watchdogs, some lobbyists decry movement between K Street and administration

Supporters greet Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump after he spoke at a rally February 19, 2016 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images file photo)

The batch of ethics waivers released by the White House offered more evidence of what everyone already knew: The Trump administration, despite pledges to “drain the swamp,” has embraced the revolving door between government and the private sector.

The waivers are more sweeping in scope than those of the Obama administration, and reveal that former lobbyists and other senior officials may freely take part in meetings and decisions that affect their former clients and onetime employers.

Lobbyists Don’t Get Business Boom With Trump
Clients have been hiring lobbyists at a reduced rate compared to 2009


With a unified Republican government in Washington, lobbyists hoped that 2017 would offer a long-awaited opportunity to push big proposals through Congress — but records do not indicate any large uptick in clients during the early months of the Trump administration.

How the Koch Network Could Sink Tax Overhaul
Lobbying network poised for policy win

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 04: Americans for Prosperity Foundation chairman and Koch Industries Executive Vice President David H. Koch (C) listens to speakers during the Defending the American Dream Summit at the Washington Convention Center November 4, 2011 in Washington, DC. The conservative political summit is organized by Americans for Prosperity, which was founded with the support of Koch and his brother David H. Koch. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The lobbying and political network of Charles and David Koch, bogeymen to Democrats for years, is poised for a significant policy win — but it will come at the expense of fellow conservatives on Capitol Hill.

Their victory also could derail a policy goal they share with those same Republican lawmakers: a permanent comprehensive overhaul of the nation’s tax code.

Former Sen. Jim DeMint Ousted at Heritage Foundation
Board cites ‘significant and worsening management issues’

Former Sen.  Jim DeMint of South Carolina was ousted Tuesday as president of the conservative Heritage Foundation. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Sen. Jim DeMint was ousted Tuesday as president of the conservative Heritage Foundation, which has sparred with congressional GOP leadership and saw its influence ascend during the Trump administration.

More changes appear on the horizon for the foundation, which is aligned with the hard-line and recalcitrant House Freedom Caucus.

Opinion: The Seduction of Washington’s Big-Money Bonanza
Cashing in shouldn’t be the reward — or the goal — for public service

Ivanka Trump has won a series of lucrative Chinese trademarks since her father was elected president, yet another conflict of interest for the administration that is fueling cynicism about public service, Shapiro writes. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

We are entering the season when fledgling 2018 congressional candidates reveal their Capitol Hill ambitions in Facebook posts, tiny rallies in makeshift headquarters and even old-fashioned declarations on the courthouse steps. These candidate announcements will be brimming over with earnest words about “public service,” “the wonderful people of this district,” and “bringing change to Washington.”

Lurking beneath the boilerplate oratory is a more complex set of motivations explaining why a candidate in his or her prime earnings years is willing to gamble away the next 18 months in the uncertain quest for a job paying $174,000. Idealism and ideology often do play a role, but so does a hunger for fame and a restlessness with one’s current life.

Wells Fargo Revamps Lobbying Operation
Bank seeks to boost D.C. footprint amid recent political and PR problems

John Stumpf, left, former chairman and CEO of the Wells Fargo Company, listens to questions during a House Financial Services Committee hearing Sept. 29, 2016, on Capitol Hill. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images file photo)

Wells Fargo is overhauling its lobbying and political operation in Washington, as the big bank seeks to rehabilitate its image and policy agenda after months of hits nationwide and on Capitol Hill. 

David Moskowitz, a lawyer and executive with Wells Fargo for 24 years, has taken the reins of the expanded shop. He will oversee federal government relations and regulatory affairs as well as the company’s political action committee, its public policy development, and all state and local lobbying.