Marriott
Marriott’s Overseas Cash Pile Grows
2016-12-16
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 »
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Dean Crouter
Will Dean Crouter Enforce Penn State’s Ethical Standards?
2016-11-22
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 »
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hotel lobby
Hotel Lobby Proposes $1.25 Billion Tax on Home Sharers
2016-11-9
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 »
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Admiral Paul F. Zukunft
Update: Federal Agency to Mediate Coast Guard’s Public Records Evasion
2016-11-3
  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 »
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hotel lobby
Welfare Checks to Hotel Lobby Totaled $3.6 Billion Since 2008
2016-11-2
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 »
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4 Ways Penn State Pledged to Operate in a Strong Ethical Environment
2016-10-19
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 »
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Peter Ward
Peter Ward’s Union Gave $100,000 to the Hotel Association of NYC
2016-10-14
Usually, labor unions and the business organizations they negotiate with have an adversarial relationship. That’s why it raised questions for us when we discovered that the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council (HTC)—the labor union representing over 35,000 hotel workers in the Empire State—gave $100,000 last year to the Hotel Association of New York City,… Read more »
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