K Street Lobbyists

Remember when I made a post about how this organization was trying to get all Congressmen to put their schedules up on Google maps.

Now they have another interesting project, this from the email from Gabriela Schneider, Communications Director:

“Here is your chance to do some old fashioned, person-to-person reporting: Call up a lobbying firm and verify that we have, indeed, identified a former congressional insider who has moved on to K Street. We give you a really simple script and an easy way to record your efforts.”

So what you do is go to this web site. You take on the job of finding out this person is working for a lobbying firm or not and then you report back.

As this is pretty cool and I encourage people to do this. What exactly does this mean? I guess it proves that there is a revolving door for people on the hill and lobbyist, which may not be apparent to the median voter but is to me. I am more active than most but I found myself disappointed when I saw people who weren’t found lobbying.

What is the next step after this?

Maybe we should petition Washington to make stricter laws on people moving from the hill to lobbying or maybe we should do something more about lobbying itself…

Published in: on January 11, 2008 at 5:05 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. I agree that lobbying is all, a dirty word, but there is a slight problem with legislating against it:

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

  2. Good point. Lobbying is no easy problem to fix, but I support just about anything that helps.

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