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February 27, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

THE K STREET PROJECT....In 2002 and 2003 the Washington press corps finally began taking note of the K Street Project, a Republican plan designed to cement their long-term hold on power. But coverage was sporadic and light. The first serious examination of the project and what it meant came in "Welcome to the Machine," a terrific cover story by Nick Confessore in the July 2003 issue of the Washington Monthly:

Over the last few years, Republicans have brought about a revolutionary change: They've begun to capture and, consequently, discipline K Street....The corporate lobbyists who once ran the show, loyal only to the parochial interests of their employer, are being replaced by party activists who are loyal first and foremost to the GOP. Through them, Republican leaders can now marshal armies of lobbyists, lawyers, and public relations experts -- not to mention enormous amounts of money -- to meet the party's goals. Ten years ago, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, the political donations of 19 key industry sectors -- including accounting, pharmaceuticals, defense, and commercial banks -- were split about evenly between the parties. Today, the GOP holds a two-to-one advantage in corporate cash.

I can't tell you how many times I read and linked to this piece between the time it was published and the 2006 midterms, when the K Street Project finally crashed and burned. It was a genuinely seminal article explaining how the modern GOP was reshaping politics in its image, and understanding how it worked was also one of the keys to understanding the Republican defeat last year. But you only see stuff like this when it first comes out if you subscribe to the magazine.

So subscribe! The magazine is fun, it's provocative, and it contains great stories like Nick's that you don't see anywhere else. And it's only 30 bucks! And it helps pay my salary! You can subscribe for yourself here. Order a gift subscription here.

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ah....come up with one thing bush did to fight al queda before 9-11?

didn't think so...

Posted by: mr. irony on February 27, 2007 at 3:42 PM | PERMALINK

ah: The GOP is good for business. The K street is a natural outgrowth of that.

and the natural outgrowth of THAT....is...


Ex-Rep. Bob Ney's (R-OH) former chief of staff yesterday (2/26/07) pled guilty to corruption charges related to the Jack Abramoff scandal. Will Heaton is the second of Ney's chiefs of staff to do so. The first one, Neil Volz, continues to cooperate with prosecutors.

Posted by: mr. irony on February 27, 2007 at 3:46 PM | PERMALINK

Hawk, you get the first post more often than ANYONE. What do you do, sit at work all day and refresh Kevin's blog page every three minutes?

Posted by: Schu on February 27, 2007 at 3:51 PM | PERMALINK

Ok, what's the difference between subscribing & donating? I donated $50 last time (what, 3 months ago?), but didn't actually subscribe. Is it the difference in tax deduction?

Posted by: sal on February 27, 2007 at 4:19 PM | PERMALINK

American Hawk is trolling because he's got nothing of substance to add. Figures the best he's got is to take a little dump at the beginning of Kevin's thread like a misbehaving terrier.

Man, it would suck to be loser like that.

But back to the real issue: K Street, where after thirty years of scheming the Republican Party was finally able to institutionalize corruption and graft by alternately bribing and threatening corporatations to only give money to their party.

Man, it would suck to be weasels like that.

Posted by: trex on February 27, 2007 at 4:24 PM | PERMALINK

AH - "It's a shame corporate America will crash and burn under democratic governance."

Not really. Corporate America is the primary source of most of the problems of modern civilization: rampant greed, destruction of the environment, political malfeasance, dehumanization of mankind, the lowering of the intellectual bar, etc. Whatever problems are not caused by corporate America are caused by religion.

Posted by: Stiff Mittens on February 27, 2007 at 4:29 PM | PERMALINK

Is it true Condi is the father?

Posted by: Fundamentally yours on February 27, 2007 at 4:29 PM | PERMALINK

It's a shame corporate America will crash and burn under democratic governance.

Ah, I see that the usual sources are already blaming the market crash on the Dems.

Posted by: Disputo on February 27, 2007 at 4:35 PM | PERMALINK

It's a shame corporate America will crash and burn

Remember today's date, the crash and burn has begun.

Posted by: Brojo on February 27, 2007 at 4:50 PM | PERMALINK

"It's a shame corporate America will crash and burn under democratic [an extremely revealing sic] governance."

Yes, that would be a shame, considering all postwar statistics reveal the opposite.

Posted by: Kenji on February 27, 2007 at 5:22 PM | PERMALINK

I'll subscribe when this blog has user registration.

Posted by: Tanuki on February 27, 2007 at 5:28 PM | PERMALINK

ah....come up with one thing bush did to fight al queda before 9-11?
didn't think so...

Well, in fairness, he did let daddy invite the Bin Laden family to the "ranch" for a BBQ.

Posted by: G.Kerby on February 27, 2007 at 5:33 PM | PERMALINK

Hawk, you have it wrong. While business is good for Americans, the GOP is NOT good for business. The Repugs are good only for the largest of corporations which drive the smaller businesses out of business.

Posted by: bob in fl on February 27, 2007 at 5:51 PM | PERMALINK

"It's a shame corporate America will crash and burn"

"Fascism should more properly be called corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power." -- Benito Mussolini

I see why AH thinks it's a shame.

Posted by: vbrans on February 27, 2007 at 6:05 PM | PERMALINK

When will AH unemploment run out?

Posted by: john john on February 27, 2007 at 6:33 PM | PERMALINK

...America will crash and burn under democratic governance.

Posted by: American Hawk on February 27, 2007 at 3:38 PM | PERMALINK

And the US chicken would prefer what? Communism? Fascism, more likely. Maybe anarchy.

I'll stick with a democratic republic, myself, where corruption is punished, and self-serving greed (and stupidity) recognized for what it is.

Posted by: notthere on February 27, 2007 at 6:39 PM | PERMALINK

Business is good for Americans. The GOP is good for business. The K street is a natural outgrowth of that. It's a shame corporate America will crash and burn under democratic governance.

Business is good for Americans when the relationship with society is symbiotic. When it becomes parasitic (payday loans, high-risk loans, health insurance) it becomes a social liability, to benefit a few stockholders.

The GOP is very good for some businesses, not so much for others.

The K Street project violated every tenet of America's so-called (self-perceived) sense of fair play.

As to your projection of doom and gloom for the future of business under Democratic governance: Why would a multinational corporation that manages to prosper in european countries that demand under threat of harsh penalties that they be good corporate citizens suddenly go bankrupt if Americans demand a fraction of the same concessions.

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka Global Citizen) on February 27, 2007 at 7:04 PM | PERMALINK

Don't feel too bad for K Street; Steny Hoyer is keeping hope alive.

Posted by: Brian on February 27, 2007 at 7:43 PM | PERMALINK

Tanuki I'll subscribe when this blog has user registration.

A tanuki opposed to shape-changing?

K-Street. Connected Capitalism at work, shutting out small business... And what has me shaking my head is the support the Republicans continue to get from so many small business organizations.


Posted by: snicker-snack on February 27, 2007 at 8:18 PM | PERMALINK

"Business is good for Americans" That's right, businesses never do anything that is bad for America, so the government should always give them what they want. Once again, American Hawk has hit the nail on the head.

clue: the best way to show what an idiot AH is, is to simply start with what he says and think it out to its logical conclusion. It will always turn out to be rediculous.

Posted by: Eduardo on February 27, 2007 at 11:14 PM | PERMALINK

shu, disrupting the threads is his job. probably the only one he ever had.

Posted by: merlallen on February 28, 2007 at 7:41 AM | PERMALINK

One guy (American Hawk) says something ridiulous at the beginning of the blog and the next 20 bloggers fall over themselves trying to tell everyone how stupid he is. Instead of fixating on AH why not try to say something that will add to the discourse of the subject..
I got nothing else to add

Posted by: lars on February 28, 2007 at 1:49 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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