The Lobbying Game on Net Neutrality
by Matt Stoller, Fri May 26, 2006 at 07:08:15 AM EDT
Hands off the Internet started a stupid blog without comments. The whole approach to honest discourse online has been a series of sneers, and they found out that doesn't work yesterday when every Democrat went against them. Hands Off though is only one of several groups. Telco money is everywhere; every Congressmen is getting multiple visits from telco lobbyists on the issue, and the telcos are spending on the order of $1 million a week on this fight.
And McCurry isn't a hard core legislative guy, he's a PR person. There are other lobbyists doing the hard core wrangling of legislators. For instance, I learned from several sources and a press release on a web site that our old friend Steve Elmendorf is lobbying for the telcos. It didn't matter of course; the Democrats were whipped into shape by Conyers, Pelosi, and the internet.
This is a sea change in Democratic culture. The lobbyist driven machinery is being gummed up on the Democratic side. I'm not going to say that the blogs and the internet are totally responsible for this, since corporate funds being cut off to Democrats has a lot to do with the shift.
I do think that lobbying for illiberal policies is going to get harder for Clinton Kewl Kid operatives.