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Editorial: Send lobbyist hogs to the slaughterhouse


"Hire me and I will solve your problem -- after I get somebody in Congress to make it worse for you.

This is not what James Madison had in mind when he penned the First Amendment right to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

That is, after all, what lobbyists do: appeal to the government on behalf of their clients.

And even though the word has taken on a pejorative connotation in these days of high-stakes politics, lobbyists are an important part of the legislative process. "Special interest" doesn't have to be an invective.

Then along comes someone like Jack Abramoff, who appears to be exactly the type of ethically challenged lobbyist who gives the rest of the industry heartburn."

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Playing both ends against the middle (The Fort Worth Star-Telegram 9/29)
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