Lobbyists: "We're Tired of Bribing Lawmakers"
by Matt Stoller, Mon Apr 30, 2007 at 07:50:01 AM EDT
Gerald Cassidy, an uberlobbyist in DC, had a remarkable statement a few weeks ago.
Cassidy says his blog entries won't back specific policies favored by his clients. He instead plans to share his opinions on larger political issues. He says he intends to push for public financing of political campaigns to rebuild public trust in government and for more government oversight of hedge funds.
Cassidy isn't the only frustrated lobbyist who just wants to make the case for his clients on the pure merits of the issue. In general, you hear a lot of chatter that lobbyists don't like being hit up for cash all the time by their politician colleagues.
There's a grand bargain in here somewhere, with a possible deal to get rid of excessive and ineffective ethics laws constraining behavior rather than dealing with the incentive problem in political campaigns. Public financing has some interesting adherents.