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Re: “Legislative ethics: If lawmakers won't, the people must

Only in Arkansas is an $130,000 salary considered a "fat lobbying job." Lobbying is a necessary evil in our republic. The public is uninformed (maybe the media is too focussed on keeping their advertisers?) and the issues are complex. Institutions have the constitutional right to make their arguments to their government. Lobbyists are fairly similar to lawyers before a court. There is always someone making the counterargument - yes even the big corporate lobbyists have counterweights. It would also be shocking to some (unless they have seen the new Lincoln movie) that lobbyists are also often employed to do things the public would find positive. As for lobbyist gifts, If a politician is going to be bought for a steak dinner I would rather have that dinner on the record with a lobbyist rather than quietly served at a house on Edgehill.

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Posted by vitriolic on 02/12/2013 at 7:07 AM

 

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