Lobbyists May Subvert Disclosure Laws to Lobby on Stimulus

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The Associated Press reports today that lobbyists engaged on stimulus projects may channel their outrage at the new lobbying rules imposed by President Obama on recovery funds by pull their registrations from the Lobbyist Disclosure Act:

Since the prohibition applies to registered lobbyists, some firms are thinking about having some of their lobbyists rescind their registrations, which could let them pitch stimulus projects to government officials. That, though, would severely limit the time they could spend lobbying each year while undermining disclosure laws requiring registered lobbyists to publicly report their activities.

The administration really touched a nerve by requiring that lobbyist meetings actually be disclosed to the public. It looks like lobbyists are declaring war on any expansion of lobbyist disclosure laws

This action by the lobbying community also provides more grease for the gears to expand the definition of registered lobbyists in Washington. There are far too many non-lobbyist lobbyists in this city.

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  • My favorite part of the article:

    “Basically they’ve said, ‘Look, why don’t you just put that in writing and we’ll look at it,'” said Dave Wenhold, who heads the American League of Lobbyists, the profession’s trade group. “That to me is clearly saying, ‘Your input is not wanted here.’ ”

    Ha!