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U.S. lobby firms descend on Brussels

By Laurie Bennett

October 19, 2013 at 6:31am

While many transparency advocates (including Muckety) bemoan the inadequacies of U.S. lobbying laws, Europe makes us look strict in comparison.

Europe’s laxity is a theme of a New York Times story today about the lobbying bonanza to sway the European Union in Brussels.

Stuart Eizenstat
Stuart Eizenstat

Many U.S. lobby firms, which are required to report their clients to Congress, refuse to do so in Europe.

Revolving door regulations are also weaker, and the Times notes that American lobby shops have hired top officials from the EU.

One of the firms taking advantage of the less stringent European rules is Covington Burling, shown in the interactive Muckety map above.

The firm’s major EU connections - including former U.S. ambassador Stuart Eizenstat - are displayed in the upper portion of the map. Some of Covington Burling’s major clients - as reported under U.S. lobbying disclosure requirements - are shown at the bottom.

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