Political Capital

They’re Back! Former House Staffers Lobby On Taxes

As Republican lawmakers prepare to finalize a sweeping tax cut bill, their former aides are back in congressional offices, now representing the real estate, tech, health care and private jet management industries.

The Tax Bill’s New Deduction Benefits Blackstone CEO

The Senate tax bill would keep the carried interest loophole and also allow some hedge fund and private equity managers to claim a new deduction. Backing the bill? GOP senators who benefited from campaign donations from Stephen Schwarzman, who heads the world’s largest private equity fund.

Trump Uses ‘Acting’ Directors To Maintain Control

Agencies like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau were set up to be independent and insulated from White House political pressure. But by naming only interim, acting chiefs, Trump keeps them on a short leash.

The Revolving Door Spins In Governor Hickenlooper’s Office

Current Chief of Staff Doug Friednash came to the Colorado governor's office from lobbying firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. The governor's office hired BHFS to work on the state's behalf. On Monday, it was announced Friednash was heading back to his old firm.