With such marriages often comes an uptick in lobbying efforts, as the companies leave as little to chance as possible.
Source: Uptick in lobbying spending for merging companies facing antitrust scrutiny
Quite a few corporations floated multi-billion dollar mergers in 2016, including ag leaders Monsanto and Bayer, telecom titans AT&T and Time Warner and fantasy sports giants FanDuel and Draft Kings.
And with such marriages — which undergo scrutiny by antitrust officials and often Congress, a routine part of any merger process — often comes an uptick in lobbying efforts, as the companies leave as little to chance as possible in getting their version of the story out.
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“All politics is local,” – Tip O’Neill. On the eve of Donald Trump’s Presidency, this phrase seems to apply to inaugural party planning as well.
Source: DeploraBalls, inaugural parties you won’t want to miss
President Trump’s inaugural festivities included a host of official and unofficial celebrations — just about all of which had corporate sponsors. Read our roundup of the partying opportunities, including the very unofficial DeploraBall, here.
But Washington is often awhirl with political gatherings with food, drink, schmoozing and a price of admission; they’re called fundraisers.
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Republican and Democratic lawmakers are uniting for retreats this weekend. One highlight of the GOP retreat? Peyton Manning
Source: Lobbyists and donors get behind Democratic, GOP retreat
Peyton Manning made his political debut Thursday at the GOP retreat, which was intended to solidify the Republican party’s game plan and unite the moving pieces of the GOP-controlled White House, Senate and House.
Across the aisle, Senate Dems held a secretive retreat in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Several sessions were devoted to discussions on how to talk to people who voted for Trump; others focused on battling Trump on his Supreme Court pick and strategies for the midterm elections…. read more.