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May 11, 2013
Mark Zuckerberg’s pro-immigration lobby, FWD.us, is already losing big names.Among them is Tesla Motors founder and eco-friendly exec Elon Musk, who took issue with the group’s willingness to work with politicians on issues directly against his own—such as Keystone XL. “I agreed to support Fwd.us because there is a genuine need to reform immigration. However, this should not be done at the expense of other important causes,” he explained. Former Yammer exec David Sacks also jumped ship, but the group says they don’t plan to change tactics. (By the way, it’s worth noting that Tesla Motors had a really awesome quarter recently.)
Countless public opinion polls show Americans do not mind going to a five-day delivery schedule. There simply is no longer enough mail to sustain six days of delivery.
U.S. Postal Service spokesman David Partenheimer • Discussing, in a piece regarding the greeting card industry’s fight against the Saturday mail cuts, why the USPS is looking to drop Saturday mail. For what it’s worth, Hallmark has been heavily lobbying against such a change on Capitol Hill for years. They really want you to get that birthday card.
We have to practice what we preach. We tell people in this country that they need to get out there and practice their constitutional rights…but there’s one we seldom use: the freedom to petition the government.
The American Nazi Party’s first-ever lobbyist, John Taylor Bowles • In one of his first interviews, given to Gawker’s Maureen O’Connor, since registering with the Clerk of the House last week. Bowles, a former presidential candidate for the National Socialist Movement in 2008, says he’s open to working with anybody on the Hill who’s interested in working with him and doesn’t see why his affiliation should cause any problems. When O’Connor asked about his willingness to work with Sen. Joe Lieberman, considering he was Jewish, Bowles replied, “He might like to hear some new ideas. You never know.” source(via • follow)
There are two ‘L’ words that apply with Newt, lobbyist and liar. Mr. Gingrich was reprimanded for lying. He has a history of doing that and this is nonsense that he was being paid $1.6 million and maybe more to talk about history.
Rep. Barney Frank • Pulling no punches in his condemnation of Newt Gingrich, over Gingrich’s claim that his $1.6 million in income from Freddie Mac was earned not as a lobbyist, but as a historian. Frank and Gingrich are former colleagues in the House, and it doesn’t seem they terribly care for one another — at a previous debate, Gingrich suggested Frank and financial reform law co-sponsor Chris Dodd should be jailed. source(via • follow)
Facebook’s growing war chest of former presidential aides: They didn’t get Robert Gibbs, but they did get Joe Lockhart (Clinton’s press secretary). And a bunch of Bush aides. Looks like someone’s prepping for a big legislative fight in DC. source
When Google uses lobbyists, they use them for awesome reasons: While the food industry lobbies Arizona politicians to keep Happy Meals happy, Google lobbies Nevada politicians to allow self-driving cars. Awesome. source
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