Wednesday, February 4, 2009

"L" is the loneliest letter

Three articles today about lobbyists in the news today:

The Scarlet Lobbyist (WaPo)
Lost in the popular vision of martini-swilling lobbyists is the reality that, in a government grown so sprawling, lobbyists perform an indispensable mediating function, simultaneously translating the legitimate needs of the clients they represent to policymakers and vice versa.

Patrick targets lobbyists (Boston Globe)
Governor Deval Patrick is taking aim at a time-worn Beacon Hill practice: state government hiring expensive lobbyists to influence state government.

And in the new edition of the Boston Phoenix: Money Talks: Can Beacon Hill reform itself when the State Senate President and the new House Speaker rake in so much lobbyist cash?

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