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Sunday, August 05, 2007

 

Hillary Clinton and Lobbyists

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Politicians know more than others which side their bread is buttered. This became evident when Hillary Clinton vigorously defended taking contributions from lobbyists. She was like a virgin without memory. "Core principles", my foot.

Covering the Second Annual Kos Convention in Chicago, James Rainey of The Los Angeles Times reported:
Then there are lobbyists who are influenced by other special interest groups. The management of AARP, which wields considerable power as representative of elderly Americans, did not take much persuasion to support the president's Prescription Drug Plan which turned out to be a bonanza for the pharmaceutical and health care industries and does very little for Medicare recipients.
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"The interests of business are diametrically opposed to those of the public."
---Dollars and Votes - How Business Campaign Contributions Subvert Democracy
by Dan Clawson, Alan Neustadtl, and Mark Weller
Temple University Press, 1998




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