GOP, Dems, lobbyists and revolving doors

Arizona Republic

11/11/06

On Day 1 of the next session of Congress, Democrats are promising restrictive rules to 'break the link between lobbyists and legislation.' Veteran lobbyists know what to expect on Day 2: requests for political donations from the Capitol's new stewards. Ethics watchdog groups are hopeful as incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., readies the Democrats' 'Honest Leadership and Open Government' initiative for opening day in January. Exit polls Tuesday compel Democrats to act. Three-fourths of voters said corruption and scandals were very or extremely important. That group tended to vote for Democratic House candidates, according to surveys conducted for the Associated Press and the television networks. But some lobbyists remain skeptical...

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