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Tilting at Windmills

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November 28, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

FOLLOW THE MONEY....You just know that any letter that starts out by describing DC trade associations as playing "an invaluable role in building policy consensus, informing the legislative process, and advancing the democratic ideals of citizen participation and responsive government" has got to be good. And it is! Turns out it's the lobbying industry's latest attempt to evade new legislation that forces them to disclose just who their big moneymen are. They really, really don't want you to know. More here.

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The market works! Money is speech! Dems hate privacy! Save Social Security!

Posted by: Gore/Edwards 08 on November 28, 2007 at 3:14 PM | PERMALINK

It's better to have lobbied and lost than never have lobbied at all!

We have a nation of lobby laws.

I know because Washington DC is full of lobbygagglers.

Better yet, .. a government for the rich and nothing but the rich so help us god.

Posted by: Tom Nicholson on November 28, 2007 at 3:23 PM | PERMALINK

Jack Abramoff did not have the backing of huge corporations, which is why he embezzled from Native American casino owning political entities and why he was caught. Trade lobbyists have a lot more money and influence than Abramoff and prefer their power only be exposed to members of Congress.

Posted by: Brojo on November 28, 2007 at 5:24 PM | PERMALINK

Lobbying is very important to the republican'ts. That is why Lott is retiring before the new lobbying rules go into effect Jan 1.

Posted by: Tangurena on November 28, 2007 at 7:07 PM | PERMALINK

Kevin: FOLLOW THE MONEY

Just an aside about the phrase "follow the money." Daniel Schorr had an op-ed in the papers a few years ago in which he said he was going to use that line in a book, and he wanted the citation for a footnote, but he couldn't find it in so he phoned Bob Woodward, who then looked through the book and also couldn't find it. Their conclusion was that the line was written by the screen writer for the movie.

Now back to your regularly scheduled snark.

Posted by: anandine on November 28, 2007 at 7:17 PM | PERMALINK

That should have read "Couldn't find it in All the President's Men, so he phoned Bob Woodward"

Posted by: anandine on November 28, 2007 at 7:33 PM | PERMALINK
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