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In a look at the most heated lobbying contests of the year, we chronicle the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. And who got paid regardless. Plus all of the latest news, notes, quotes, and what to do after dark…
CAMPAIGNS OF THE YEAR 2006 was a drowsy year for lobbying campaigns. In the first half of the year, lobbyists were distracted by the prospect of lobby reform, and the second half of the year they focused on the high-stakes midterm elections. Nevertheless, a few campaigns — notably, net neutrality, stem-cell research, judicial nominations, and online gambling — yielded measurable results. by Joe Crea and Osita IroegbuNet NeutralityStem-Cell ResearchJudicial NominationsOnline Gambling
Sentencing Documents Shed Light on Abramoff Ties Recent court documents provide some new details about the relationship between a former Interior Department official and convicted ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff. by Emma SchwartzFull Disclosure In a move that could possibly be the beginning of opening new lines of communication and opportunities between the United States and Cuba, 10 members of Congress went to the island to discuss the possibility of a change in the decades-old Cuban embargo. Plus more news, notes, quotes, and what to do after dark… • K Street Monitor Click through to the database of registrations filed by lobbyists with the secretary of the Senate and the clerk of the House.

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