There Goes The Neighborhood

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Well, here's one way to keep the Washington, DC housing market booming: lobbyists are buying up Capitol Hill townhouses left and right to maintain quick and easy access to Congress and, most importantly, host nightly fundraisers.

Writes Jeff Birnbaum at the Washington Post:


From a place on the Hill, a lobbyist can easily shower a lawmaker with thousands of dollars in campaign cash, and the lawmaker would not have to miss a single vote. That's the main reason Capitol Hill way stations and offices have multiplied in recent years.

It's that mantra of real estate: location, location, location. Good- government types may not like it, but that's the way it is.

I'm sure the drive from the Hill to K Street was killing lawmakers (traffic is such a nightmare) so it was really very considerate of the largest lobbying firms in the city to move their check-writing business a bit closer to the back door of Congress. I think the next step is little golf carts for members of Congress to hop into between votes for a speedy circuit of Big Money Block.