Truth in Lobbying

This Hartford Courant article on the (ever) acclerated pace of fundraising by members of Congress looking to keep their jobs features several moments of candor from lobbyists who acknowledge the important role campaign contributions play in facilitiating their work.

 

One, Paul Miller, has commented in the past on the bizarre political manuevering that sees a legislator distancing himself from lobbyists one day to score ethics points, then ringing Miller up the next day asking for campaign contributions. He acknowledges the link between his lobbying priorities and his political giving: "In most cases, you give because a member of Congress supports you. And of course you're going to give to someone on committees you care about."

 

Brian Pallach meanwhile owns up to the access money buys: ""If someone can go to a fundraiser and spend 15 minutes of uninterrupted time with a member of Congress, that is helpful."

 

I don't think anything these guys are saying is breaking news but the spirit of disclosure is worthy, perhaps indicating a growing group of lobbyists just as sick of having to play the money game as most voters are of being ignored because they can't play it.