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 »

Hotel Lobby President Katherine Lugar Refuses to Discuss Model Legislation to Tax Home Sharers

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C&BP Executive Director’s Questions Rebuffed at AH&LA Board Meeting. We traveled to New York City last week to pose some important questions directly to Katherine Lugar, the leader of the hotel lobby, about efforts to penalize the sustainable, home sharing economy. During a break at the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s (AH&LA) board meeting at… Read more »

Hotel Lobby Proposes $1.25 Billion Tax on Home Sharers

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Model Legislation by Hotel Lobby Also Proposes New Regulatory Scheme While Hotels Receive Billions in Corporate Welfare. As readers know by now, we’ve begun looking into the hotel industry’s efforts to slow the growth of the home sharing industry, a more sustainable form of travel. Only hours after we published a new report on how major… Read more »

Update: Federal Agency to Mediate Coast Guard’s Public Records Evasion

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  The federal government’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ombudsman, the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), has agreed to mediate Checks and Balances Project’s complaint that the U.S. Coast Guard has refused to provide lawful, taxpayer-funded public records. Since February, we have been asking the Coast Guard to answer basic questions about its offshore… Read more »

Welfare Checks to Hotel Lobby Totaled $3.6 Billion Since 2008

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Luxury Hotels Got Especially Large Amounts  When industries mature, they use expanding profits to grow their lobbying influence and obtain not just favorable policies, but government largess in a variety of forms. In our newly launched look into the hotel industry’s influence peddling, we’re quickly finding this industry is following the path worn by the… Read more »

NY Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal: Release Communications with Hotel Lobby

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Today, we sent a letter to New York Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal – sponsor of recent anti-home sharing legislation – that asks for her to voluntarily release all communications with relevant hotel lobby players. They include New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council (HTC) President Peter Ward or any other representatives of HTC; Neil Kwatra, Austin Shafran,… Read more »

4 Ways Penn State Pledged to Operate in a Strong Ethical Environment

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On October 7th, we sent a letter to Penn State University’s Provost Dr. Nicholas P. Jones that asked for his help so that our readers could better understand the School of Hospitality Management’s (SHM) relationship with the hotel industry lobby. Among other things, we asked about Penn State Professor John W. O’Neill, former director of… Read more »