Golden-age of Washington Lobbyists

Wasn’t Mr. Hope and Change going to clean-up Washington? End business as usual? I distinctly remember something about lobbyists.

The National Journal last week rolled out its 10th annual survey of pay levels for Washington trade associations, confirming that for lobbyists this is the Golden Age. And needless to say, the political class is not clamoring for a pay czar.

The Washington insider magazine looked at 514 tax forms between 2007 and 2009 and found that no fewer than 89 executives for trade groups earned more than $1 million. That’s a 30% increase from the 2008 survey. Perhaps you recall the now-distant promise of a Presidential candidate who said he would reduce the influence of lobbyists. Who was that guy?

That was a guy running an election, who KNEW he could promise candy-coated unicorn dung and his faithful would cheer him on. Anyway, that was then, this is now.

During the run-up to the election, Obama spoke frequently about the need to purge the government of lobbyist influence. He called for new rules to make it more difficult for people to pass back and forth between public office and special interest organizations.

“This gets to a key theme during his campaign, which was that lobbyists were not going to run the Obama administration,” Adair says. “But … in Washington, the lobbyists are the people who know how the place works, and so he appointed lobbyists to some key positions and basically created loopholes in the policy for them.”

So, you see, NPR explains … sure he promised but apparently without lobbyists our government just grinds to a halt. They’re like the oil that greases the gears.

So. Right. Never mind about that whole “cleaning up Washington” promise. You see, he was mistaken. Lobbyists are good now.

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3 Comments on “Golden-age of Washington Lobbyists”

  1. Vmaximus Says:

    It is too big corrupt to fail. Otherwise known as the failed congress full employment act.

  2. MCPO Airdale Says:

    Chicago thug politics writ large.

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