Party Like A Lobbyist

Posted: August 19, 2008 in Politics

Lobbyist parties for lawmakers bend rules
Zachary Coile, Chronicle Washington Bureau

Congress, pledging to clean up Washington’s culture of corruption, approved a rule last year to end the practice of lobbyists or their clients throwing lavish events honoring lawmakers at the parties’ national conventions.

But the House ethics committee opened a huge loophole in the rule by issuing guidelines in December saying it was fine for lobbyists or their employers to throw parties for a group of House members – just not for a single lawmaker.

That’s why at the Democratic convention in Denver next week, Visa and US Bank will host an event honoring the freshman class of House Democrats. AT&T is among the sponsors of a party celebrating the conservative House Blue Dog Democrats on Sunday night. (more…)

The article mentions the website where you can see first hand how lobbyists are in full effect for both parties despite never-ending promises to do away with them.

Hope alone changes nuttin.


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