Monday, March 27, 2017

Lobby Watch: Sitton Enters Crossfire of Pipeline Spat

Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton recently tried to mediate a payment dispute between natural gas producers and gas-pipeline giant DCP Midstream--despite having taken thousands of political dollars from both sides of that negotiating table.

For the latest on how Railroad Commissioners make sausage, see Lobby Watch.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Conflicted! Texas Railroad Commissioners Fail
to "Self-Police" Their Self-Interests

New report finds Texas Railroad Commissioners took tens of thousands of dollars from energy interests with cases pending before their agency in recent years. The new study contradicts testimony by the commissioners that they “self-police” themselves against such conflicts of interest.

Read the media release.

Read the full 'Conflicted!' report.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Lobby Watch: Ride-Hail Lobbyists Land Up to $2.3 Million

Two San Francisco-based ride-hailing giants are spending up to $2.3 million on 40 Texas lobbyists in 2017. A year after Austin voters told Uber and Lyft to kiss off if they wouldn't respect a driver-fingerprinting ordinance, a Senate panel is considering three bills today to prevent local governments from regulating the ride-app industry.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Lobby Watch: Teladoc Calls on Texas Lawmakers

The nation's top corporate facilitator of phone and Internet medical consultations, New York-based Teladoc, Inc., is betting now is the time for a Texas surgical strike.

Read the new Lobby Watch.