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Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Now DeLay has Dem lobbyists on a string

A case study on the MO of House managers, Democratic and Republican from The Hill today.

GOP managers wanted to know the strength of the Dem whipping effort on the foreign sales corporation replacementt legislation [1]; and so they encouraged Democrats who worked for lobbying firms (but who had worked for the Dem House leadership - oxymoron alert!) to advise them on the point. And made this information the entry price to certain GOP meetings they needed to attend to do their jobs.

A variation, the piece says, on the K Street Project I've discussed before (May 20).

Should one be surprised at House managers using all the leverage they have? Isn't that what they're paid to do? Have Congressional Dem leaders never used skullduggery to get a bill passed? I'm thinking of Lyndon Johnson, of course. But I'm sure there have been even more unscrupulous tricksters from both sides of the aisle.

This is, after all, the organisation that, until a few days ago, had had an ethics truce for years (June 15).

(The link from Kos, who seems to have higher expectations of politicians than I do.)

  1. The piece doesn't say - bastards! - but it's the American Jobs Creation Act HR 4520, Roll Call 259 on June 17.

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