Category: NATIONAL NEWS

2015 Lobbying Data – Chamber and Google Among Top Lobbying Spenders

Monday, April 20, marked the deadline for companies and organizations to file their 2015 first quarter federal lobbying disclosure reports. Below is a list of the top ten organizations and how much they spent lobbying Congress and federal agencies between January 1, 2015, and March 31, 2015. DATA: MapLight analysis of the money spent by companies and organizations lobbying Congress and federal agencies between January 1, 2015, and March 31, 2015, on all issues. Data Source: Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. Lobbying Organization Amount Spent on Lobbying Chamber of Commerce of the U.S.A. $13,800,000 National Association of Realtors $7,700,000 American Medical Association $6,720,000 U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform $5,720,000 Google, Inc. $5,470,000 Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America $5,440,000 General Electric Company $4,750,000 National Association of Broadcasters $4,720,000 American Electric Power Company, Inc. and affiliated corporations $4,685,670 American Hospital Association $4,630,000 The top spender, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, spent $13.8 million on lobbying Congress and federal agencies during the first quarter of 2015. The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, an affiliate of the Chamber of Commerce, spent another $5.7 million on lobbying. Google spent $5.5 million on lobbying during the first quarter of 2015, the most it has ever spent in one quarter. To see how much each company has spent on lobbying since 2008, please click here to viewMapLight’s Federal Lobbying Database.  Lobbying Methodology: MapLight analysis of federal lobbying disclosure filings from the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives between January...

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Chinese Economy Surpasses American Economy as Number 1 in the World

 Lake Havasu City, AZ – In April of this year, the World Bank’s International Comparison Program predicted that by the end of 2014 the Chinese purchasing power will surpass that of the U.S.  Their predictions came true this past month when the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released the latest numbers for the world economy showing that the Chinese produced $17.6 trillion, compared to the U.S’s $17.4 trillion.  “Our nation is rich in natural resources, yet our Congressmen continue to drag their feet on projects such as the Keystone Pipeline.  If approved, the pipeline could bring thousands of jobs and millions of dollars to our country for years to come,” Supervisor Buster Johnson stated.  “Instead of focusing on economic development in our nation, our Congressmen are more concerned with passing special legislation that will only benefit a few, such as the Bill Williams River Watershed Settlement Act,” Johnson continued. Surpassing America in purchasing power is not the only thing China is beating the U.S.  China is the number one trading nation in the world and the number one gold producer.  China also produces 3 times as much coal and 11 times as much steel as the United States.  “China is beating the United States on all levels,” Johnson said.  “For over 140 years, the United States had had the best economy in the world, but with the rising national debt we...

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6th Annual Bullhead City Senior Softball Tournament

6th Annual Bullhead City Senior Softball Tournament predicted to shatter attendance records! Bullhead City is preparing for a tidal wave of Senior Softball enthusiasts as the Recreation Division gets set for the 6th Annual ‘Fall Classic’ Senior Softball Tournament on October 31st – November 5th. Year after year, this wildly popular event has continued to add teams to the brackets which currently contain teams from over 25 different states traveling from as far away as Hawaii, Michigan, Florida, Ohio as well as several squads from Canada. In partnership with Harrah’s Casino Resort, the tournament is expecting nearly 60 senior citizen softball teams this season. The ‘Fall Classic’ Senior Softball Tournament will, once again, impart numerous benefits to the Tri-State. In addition to the hundreds of hotel rooms that are booked by the nearly 2,000 players, wives and spectators, the six-day tournament format allows ample time for visiting players to explore the region, shop in Bullhead City businesses and in some cases, to pursue real-estate; all of which equals a substantial boost to the local economy. Bullhead City has asked local businesses to roll out the red carpet for these visiting players, and to be sure to have plenty of staff and inventory on hand so that we can properly accommodate the crowds. Games will be played at Rotary park and Ken Fovargue Park, beginning at 8:30 am each day...

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Cyber Security Tip: Five Ways to Keep Your Facebook Account Secure

With social media sites like Facebook, hackers and crocks are finding it easier to not only find information about you but also using that information to bully you online.  The news recently reported that military families are getting bullied by ISIS now on Facebook.  They are being contacted and threaten with death. Here are some simple ways you can secure your Facebook account and avoid being bulled and hopefully avoid getting hacked. Pick a strong password and never share it with anyone else. Use a combination of at least six numbers, letters, and punctuation marks (like ! and &). Use Facebook’s extra security features such as setting up a one-time password to log into your account anytime you feel uncomfortable entering your real password on Facebook (ex: in a library or internet cafe). Do not accept all Friend Requests.  Not every Friend Request is legitimate.  Keep your list of accepted friends and family close as you would in the non-digital world. Be sure to watch what you place on your Wall.  The Wall is exactly that, a wall such as the bulletin board at work or in school.  When you make postings to your wall, the post is placed prominently on your Facebook site and also copied to all your friends and family as an update of what you are doing Set up login notifications.  Facebook can send you...

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EPA Announces $25 Million to Improve Water Quality, Infrastructure in Arizona

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $25 million in funding to invest in Arizona for statewide improvements in local water infrastructure and the reduction of water pollution. “In an arid environment, water is the most precious natural resource and we are working with our state and city partners to protect it,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “This funding will help create construction jobs, develop infrastructure and conserve water and energy as Arizona adapts to climate change.” The funds are directed to the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona, which will use them to provide low-cost loans for safe drinking water projects and wastewater infrastructure improvements. WIFA’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund provides financing for municipal wastewater treatment projects, and its Drinking Water Revolving Fund provides financial assistance for drinking water infrastructure systems. WIFA anticipates allocating a portion of this year’s funds for projects like the planned upgrade to Show Low’s wastewater treatment ponds that will replace the current ponds with an advanced aeration and sludge treatment facility designed to meet federal and state standards.  In the town of Monte Vista, the state hopes to fund a drinking water system upgrade that would reduce the level of naturally-occurring arsenic to meet the new standards for water supplies. Recent projects using revolving fund loans include Douglas’ solar-powered wastewater treatment system, installed to cut energy costs —...

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