Inside access is the name of the game in Washington lobbying, and an item in the “Heard on the Hill” column in today’s Roll Call (subscription required) shows the lengths some lobbyists are willing to go to to get it. Specifically, Rebecca Cox, a lobbyist for Continental Airlines and the wife of former Congressman (and now SEC Chairman) Christopher Cox (R-Calif.).
Like all congressional spouses, Rebecca Cox was issued a special pin that gives her access to parts of the Capitol complex normally closed off to the public. She’s still entitled to wear that pin, since her husband resigned his seat during the current session of Congress.Continue reading
Last week, we learned from the Washington Post that the Jeannemarie Devolites Davis, the wife of Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., the chairman of the House Committee on Government Reform, works for a firm, ICG Government, which the paper describes as "a consulting company for technology firms seeking government contracts." The firm itself says,
The essence of what we do is simple: we help people better understand today's government information technology market. To whom we cater is twofold, both to government executives and industry leaders. How we do it is through education — through training seminars, executive forums, consulting, and legislative analysis.Continue reading