What's the deal with lobbying on capitol hill?


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What's the deal with lobbying on capitol hill?

Postby lovetorun » Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:47 pm

I imagine lobbying is a political tradition/reality that is here to stay. But, is it a boon to government function or a boondogle?
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Re: What's the deal with lobbying on capitol hill?

Postby kuha » Thu Feb 07, 2013 3:20 pm

Seriously?

Lobbyists convey the concerns of certain categories of constituencies to our elected representatives in the hope of getting favorable treatment. If it's our group doing it, we call it "justice"; if its some other group, it's a "special interest." The problem is that this stuff costs lots of money and all interest groups do not have equal supplies of cash and legal counsel.
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Re: What's the deal with lobbying on capitol hill?

Postby lovetorun » Fri Feb 08, 2013 7:49 pm

Very well said Kuha...and you also pointed out one of the problems with it.Just saying that although it has a place that's legit, it's also problematic...like most political functions.
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Re: What's the deal with lobbying on capitol hill?

Postby 26mi235 » Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:05 am

However, the staff and the Congress know most of the motives and, while the information is biased, it is information that can be used productively. So it is not a completely lost cause.

This makes me think of the quote (Edmond G. (Pat) Brown?): "Money is the mother's milk of politics."
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Re: What's the deal with lobbying on capitol hill?

Postby jeremyp » Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:08 pm

A law should be passed banning ex-solons from being hired by Lobbying firms for at least 3 years post term.
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Re: What's the deal with lobbying on capitol hill?

Postby Conor Dary » Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:52 pm

We should have publicly financed elections. We would save a boatload of money.
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Re: What's the deal with lobbying on capitol hill?

Postby Daisy » Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:00 pm

Politicians know the game the loggyists play. This is why they stand up for the people and do the right thing.
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Re: What's the deal with lobbying on capitol hill?

Postby lovetorun » Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:10 pm

Daisy wrote:Politicians know the game the loggyists play. This is why they stand up for the people and do the right thing.


I wish it were so...sigh.
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