Hotel Union Leader’s Database Undercuts Claim of Organizing Success

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Analysis of HTC Data Reveals It Represents Barely One-Third of What Union Claims As readers know, we’ve been looking into the spending and governance choices of union President Peter Ward of the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council (HTC). Despite the hotel building boom and surging tourism in New York City, especially outside of… Read more »

Unraveling Penn State’s Confusing Ethics Oversight

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Questions About Professor’s Ties to Hotel Lobby Uncover an Ethics Labyrinth Since October of last year, we’ve been reporting on the potential ethics violations of Professor John W. O’Neill of Penn State’s School of Hospitality Management (SHM). He appears to be operating a private consulting practice on campus, using the University’s prestige to increase the… Read more »

Who Is Investigating Questions about Professor O’Neill’s Ethics?

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Our reporting has found strong evidence indicating Penn State Professor John W. O’Neill is using his position at the School of Hospitality Management to bolster his consulting practice and credibility of his hotel lobby-funded research. If true, this would violate the university’s ethics standards. So, we were encouraged to learn via a Dec. 17 Centre Daily Times… Read more »

Coast Guard Still Searching for Records of “Study” that Undermines Offshore Wind Energy

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Over the past 10 months, we have uncovered the shipping lobby’s influence in the Coast Guard’s offshore wind energy study, known as the Atlantic Coast Port Access Route Study (ACPARS), which was charged with balancing shipping navigation safety with the development of an offshore wind industry. Our reporting shows the study’s authors never visited an… Read more »

Questions About Penn State Professor O’Neill Referred to Ethics Office

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Our Visit Sparks University Probe  Not long after we began investigating the hotel lobby’s campaign to undermine the more sustainable method of hospitality offered by home sharing, we became aware of Penn State Professor John O’Neill. Professor O’Neill is a well-known advocate for the hotel lobby (here) and is frequently called upon by journalists. But… Read more »

Marriott’s Overseas Cash Pile Grows

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Will Hotel Lobby Giant Bring Money Home? The new, widely-popular, and more sustainable method of hospitality offered by home sharing is under attack by the hotel lobby. As we continue to examine the hotel lobby’s campaign, one giant of the industry keeps turning up. It’s the largest hotel chain in the world: Marriott International. Marriott… Read more »

Was NYC Council Member Rosenthal’s Toronto Trip Worth More Than a Phone Call?

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Did She Travel on the Taxpayer’s Dime? Or the Hotel Lobby’s? Since we began our investigation of the hotel lobby, its friends in government, and others that seek to penalize the sustainable, home sharing economy, it’s become obvious that at some point we would ask questions about New York City Council Member Helen Rosenthal. She… Read more »

Next Step in Investigation of Coast Guard Offshore Wind Energy Study

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C&BP Requests Records of Coast Guard’s George Detweiler As our probe into the Coast Guard’s offshore wind study continues, a central player has emerged: George Detweiler. As readers will remember, we’ve been investigating the shipping lobby’s influence over an important, five-year study about balancing the development of a fledgling offshore wind energy industry in the… Read more »

Will Dean Crouter Enforce Penn State’s Ethical Standards?

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C&BP Writes to Dean Crouter for Help to Get Prof. O’Neill to Follow Established Policy  In October, we posed a series of questions to Penn State Provost Nicholas Jones about the School of Hospitality Management’s (SHM) and Professor John W. O’Neill’s relationship with the hotel industry lobby. On November 9th, the University finally responded in… Read more »