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Friday, February 03, 2006

Money in the Lobby

Actually, It'$ Everywhere

In case you had any lingering doubts, doubt no more. Politics has truly become the art of getting paid.

The New York Times and New York Post report this morning how more and more political consultant's are making their money as lobbyists; often lobbying the same elected officials they put into office.

Top on the list of violators last year was The Parkside Group, according to a report just released by Citizens Union..

And Dick Dadey, executive director of Citizens Union, had this to say in today's Times:

...the growing trend underscored the need for the city to strengthen its lobbying laws. He said elected officials who pay consultant-lobbyists for their advice, and then encounter them in their role as lobbyists, face potential ethical dilemmas.

"When a consultant recommends to the candidate that the candidate take a position on a particular issue, how impartial is that advice?" said Mr. Dadey. "When a campaign consultant invoices his candidate, but is also working for a lobbying client, will the consultant discount the bill because the consultant knows there may be greater access in the future to the candidate if elected?"

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