Arianna Huffington: Keeping the Spotlight on Lobbying Outrages and Economic Hard Times

Posted by Trish Riley, July 10, 2009

I think we’d better RSS feed this one…..

…lobbying consistently waters down, guts, or out-and-out kills attempts to serve the public interest…And yet the lobbyists remain as pervasive — and even more powerful — than ever.

via Arianna Huffington: Keeping the Spotlight on Lobbying Outrages and Economic Hard Times.

More on lobbying:

Top Senate Democrat: bankers “own” the U.S. Congress – Glenn Greenwald – Salon.com.

Then there was this faux pas:

Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth said today she was cancelling plans for an exclusive “salon” at her home where for as much as $250,000, the Post offered lobbyists and association executives off-the-record access to “those powerful few” — Obama administration officials, members of Congress, and even the paper’s own reporters and editors.

The astonishing offer was detailed in a flier circulated Wednesday to a health care lobbyist, who provided it to a reporter because the lobbyist said he felt it was a conflict for the paper to charge for access to, as the flier says, its “health care reporting and editorial staff.”

via Washington Post cancels lobbyist event amid uproar – Mike Allen and Michael Calderone – POLITICO.com.

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