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September 2, 1988 | From a Times Staff Writer
Stuart K. Spencer, a prominent Republican political consultant who is managing the campaign of GOP vice presidential nominee Dan Quayle, was hired by Panamanian strongman Manuel A. Noriega to lobby for him on a number of issues in 1985 and 1986, according to a published report.
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September 2, 1988 | From a Times Staff Writer
Stuart K. Spencer, a prominent Republican political consultant who is managing the campaign of GOP vice presidential nominee Dan Quayle, was hired by Panamanian strongman Manuel A. Noriega to lobby for him on a number of issues in 1985 and 1986, according to a published report.
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February 15, 1987
Lobbyists for the troubled Southern California Rapid Transit District abound in Washington, Sacramento and Los Angeles, costing $5.4 million over 3 1/2 years. Here is how the effort is organized: AT THE TOP The 11-member RTD Board of Directors approves hiring of outside lobbyists and money for in-house lobbyists. John Dyer, RTD general manager, oversees internal lobbying network, negotiates contracts and recommends board approval of outside lobbyists.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 1986
Stretching from the Rockies to the Sierra Nevada, the Great Basin was dreaded territory for the wagon-trains of the great westward migration. With no outlet to the sea, the rivers--when they flowed--ended in alkaline sinks or disappeared into the desert. When heat wasn't the enemy, the cold was. Nor was the basin flat, as the word implied. The emigrants had to struggle over seemingly innumerable summits of the north-south mountain ranges. The pioneers did not conquer this territory.
NEWS
July 11, 1987
A dispute over more than $75,000 in questionable billings to the Southern California Rapid Transit District by a Washington lobbying firm has been resolved with most of the charges accounted for by the firm, according to a report by the RTD's inspector general. The firm, Bill Hecht & Associates, will reimburse the transit district $5,274 for unauthorized first-class air travel, but has satisfied auditors that $70,000 in challenged labor billings were appropriate.
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September 2, 1988 | From a Times Staff Writer
Stuart K. Spencer, a prominent Republican political consultant from Orange County who is managing the campaign of GOP vice presidential nominee Dan Quayle, was hired by Panamanian strongman Manuel A. Noriega to lobby for him on a number of issues in 1985 and 1986, according to a published report.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1987 | TRACY WOOD and RICH CONNELL, Times Staff Writers
A major Washington lobbying firm overbilled the financially troubled Southern California Rapid Transit District more than $75,000 in expenses incurred while winning support from congressmen and Reagan Administration officials for the Los Angeles Metro Rail subway, according to an audit made public Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 1986 | RICH CONNELL and BILL BOYARSKY, Times Staff Writers
Misdemeanor charges of operating RTD buses without valid licenses are expected to be filed against up to 50--or about 1%--of the transit district's drivers by the Los Angeles city attorney's office, an RTD police official said Tuesday. "Our understanding is it will probably be less than 50," said RTD Police Chief James Burgess, whose department has provided the city attorney's office with information during a three-month investigation.
NEWS
April 13, 1986 | RONALD J. OSTROW and ROBERT L. JACKSON, Times Staff Writers
Even in the world of Washington power brokers and lobbyists, the sudden wealth of Michael K. Deaver, President Reagan's former aide and confidant, is nothing short of stupendous. Since he resigned 11 months ago as deputy White House chief of staff, Deaver has parlayed his access to top Administration officials into a lobbying and public relations business with more than a dozen corporate and foreign clients that pay the fledgling firm $4.5 million a year.
NATIONAL
March 5, 2013 | Tina Susman
The MIT students were stumped, or as stumped as a group of young adults with SAT scores dwarfing the average mortgage payment could be when faced with the question: Is it ever acceptable to dunk? Quiet settled over the roomful of round tables, where not a backward cap, gum-chomping jaw nor buzzing, bleeping or chirping cellphone was to be seen. A young woman's voice emerged from the back with the answer that etiquette expert Dawn Bryan was hoping to hear: "Basically, you don't dunk unless it's biscotti.
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February 15, 1987 | RICH CONNELL and TRACY WOOD, Times Staff Writers
The Southern California Rapid Transit District in recent years has quietly drawn off millions of dollars from its troubled bus system to develop one of the most costly and extensive lobbying networks of any transit agency in the country. Since 1983, when financing became critical to the fate of the Los Angeles Metro Rail project, the cost of lobbying for the transit district has jumped about 60%. Aided by a confidante of President Reagan, well-placed former congressional and U.S.
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