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Behind the closed doors of Washington lobbyists

There are 51 comments on the CBS News story from Oct 7, 2012, titled Behind the closed doors of Washington lobbyists. In it, CBS News reports that:

Members of Congress are widely regarded as the nation's shakers and movers. But behind them, unseen, are a powerful force of lobbyists shaping everything from the national dialogue to the actual laws Americans will have to follow.

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Outta Luck

Ames, IA

#22 Oct 7, 2012
The laughing liberal wrote:
The Jackal Obama hired Lobbyist by the Dozens!
What FILTH!
Lobbyists are NOT hired by the government.
Lobbyists are hired by people and corporations to push agendas that benefit themselves.
Obama did not hire any lobbyists. Your "information" is false.
And lying like the president (so you claim) makes you personally no better the the filth you believe him to be.
Outta Luck

Ames, IA

#23 Oct 7, 2012
Eighthman wrote:
Terrorism is alive and well and because of Obama. He lets them slide like he did in Benghazi.
We need someone to protect us, not lie to us.
And he's silly. Everyone knows that terrorism still exists. He's such a small minded, hurtful manipulator.
.

When did Obama claim terrorism is over? How about never.
I'm not proud of what happened in Lybia. But is your keeping score.
Under 20 killed due to what you perceive as Obama's incompetence.
Over 7000 Americans killed from W's actual lies and incompetence.
I will never vote republican again.
Neither will the families of soldiers who died in the mid east hellish deserts.
You sir are the liar today.
Outta Luck

Ames, IA

#24 Oct 7, 2012
Gravediggers wrote:
Who has a better understanding, a better background in the automotive industry than Mitt Romney!
Romney can do better than Obama!
I have a better understanding of the automotive industry them Romney does.
If you child has more then 10 hotwheels cars.....he has a better understanding of the auto industry then Mitt.
But he can sure make a horse dance.

“Facts”

Since: May 08

Location hidden

#25 Oct 7, 2012
Outta Luck wrote:
<quoted text>Lobbyists are NOT hired by the government.
Lobbyists are hired by people and corporations to push agendas that benefit themselves.
Obama did not hire any lobbyists. Your "information" is false.
And lying like the president (so you claim) makes you personally no better the the filth you believe him to be.
Did oslama say there would be no lobbyist under him????
Makes sense

Dearborn, MI

#26 Oct 7, 2012
sailorman2 wrote:
In Obamas first campaign didn't he say something about making lobbyists extinct in his administration. Never mind. "Words, just words."
What are Bishop Rmoney and the Supreme Court saying?
2 posts removed

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Sanford, FL

#29 Oct 7, 2012
Outta Luck wrote:
<quoted text>
Lobbyists are NOT hired by the government.
Lobbyists are hired by people and corporations to push agendas that benefit themselves.
Obama did not hire any lobbyists. Your "information" is false.
And lying like the president (so you claim) makes you personally no better the the filth you believe him to be.




Obama brings on ex-lobbyist as senior adviser

By Kevin Bogardus
10/24/11

President Obama’s reelection campaign has hired a former lobbyist to serve as a senior adviser to the 2012 team.

The Obama campaign announced Monday the hiring of Broderick Johnson, a veteran of the Clinton White House and Sen. John Kerry’s (D-Mass.) 2004 presidential campaign.

Obama positioned himself as an enemy of K Street and special interests during his first presidential campaign. He repeatedly vowed that lobbyists would not run his White House and refused to accept campaign contributions from registered lobbyists.

Johnson is a former partner at the law firm Bryan Cave and was registered to lobby up until April 2011 for several major companies and trade groups, including the Financial Services Forum, Comcast Corporation, and Microsoft, according to lobbying disclosure records.

http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/189357...

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Sanford, FL

#30 Oct 7, 2012
Outta Luck wrote:
<quoted text>
Lobbyists are NOT hired by the government.
Lobbyists are hired by people and corporations to push agendas that benefit themselves.
Obama did not hire any lobbyists. Your "information" is false.
And lying like the president (so you claim) makes you personally no better the the filth you believe him to be.



Obama Hires Another Lobbyist

Remember back during the 2008 campaign, Obama promised that lobbyists “won’t find a job in my White House”? It turned out early that was “just words.” And now Obama is hiring yet another lobbyist.

Steve Ricchetti, whose long list of lobbying clients included Fannie Mae, General Motors, the American Hospital Association and Eli Lilly, was tapped to be counselor to Vice President Biden.

Ricchetti achieved this feat — getting around the ban on lobbyists serving in the administration — by using one of Washington’s most-honored traditions: the loophole. Just as Obama won the presidency, Ricchetti de-registered as a lobbyist for his various clients. But he remained president of the lobbying firm that continued to work for many of those same clients, as well as a few more, such as the American Bankers Association.

Only in today’s Washington could a president circumvent his own ban on hiring lobbyists by hiring the head of a lobbying firm.


- OUCH!-



WHAT FILTH!






http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/03/08/obama-hi...

1 post removed

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Sanford, FL

#32 Oct 7, 2012
Outta Luck wrote:
<quoted text>
Lobbyists are NOT hired by the government.
Lobbyists are hired by people and corporations to push agendas that benefit themselves.
Obama did not hire any lobbyists. Your "information" is false.
And lying like the president (so you claim) makes you personally no better the the filth you believe him to be.



You are REALLY DUMB!





As I hinted above, this is hardly the first lobbyist that Obama has brought into his White House. Back in 2009, Politico even listed the lobbyists that Obama had hired at that time:

Eric Holder, attorney general nominee, was registered to lobby until 2004 on behalf of clients including Global Crossing, a bankrupt telecommunications firm.

Tom Vilsack, secretary of agriculture nominee, was registered to lobby as recently as last year on behalf of the National Education Association.

William Lynn, deputy defense secretary nominee, was registered to lobby as recently as last year for defense contractor Raytheon, where he was a top executive.

William Corr, deputy health and human services secretary nominee, was registered to lobby until last year for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a non-profit that pushes to limit tobacco use.

David Hayes, deputy interior secretary nominee, was registered to lobby until 2006 for clients, including the regional utility San Diego Gas & Electric.

Mark Patterson, chief of staff to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, was registered to lobby as recently as last year for financial giant Goldman Sachs.

Ron Klain, chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, was registered to lobby until 2005 for clients, including the Coalition for Asbestos Resolution, U.S. Airways, Airborne Express and drug-maker ImClone.

Mona Sutphen, deputy White House chief of staff, was registered to lobby for clients, including Angliss International in 2003.

Melody Barnes, domestic policy council director, lobbied in 2003 and 2004 for liberal advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the American Constitution Society and the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Cecilia Munoz, White House director of intergovernmental affairs, was a lobbyist as recently as last year for the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic advocacy group.

Patrick Gaspard, White House political affairs director, was a lobbyist for the Service Employees International Union.

Michael Strautmanis, chief of staff to the president’s assistant for intergovernmental relations, lobbied for the American Association of Justice from 2001 until 2005.

But, Oh no lobbyists!!! LMAO! You “won’t find a job in [Obama's] White House.” Just how stupid does he sound now?


http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2012/03/08/obama-hi...

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Sanford, FL

#33 Oct 7, 2012
Outta Luck wrote:
<quoted text>
Lobbyists are NOT hired by the government. Yeah I know I'm a flowking dumbazz for saying it but I'm a puppet so I do as I'm told.




Yep.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Sanford, FL

#34 Oct 7, 2012
Obama easily Settling in to Washington’s ways


By Dana Milbank,
Published: March 6, 2012

Three years into his presidency, Barack Obama has finally overcome his pesky, puritanical aversion to K Street.

As a candidate, Obama pledged that lobbyists “will not run my White House.” But on Monday, the president brought in one of this town’s most prominent lobbyists to run his White House — or at least a nice piece of it.

Steve Ricchetti, whose long list of lobbying clients included Fannie Mae, General Motors, the American Hospital Association and Eli Lilly, was tapped to be counselor to Vice President Biden.

Ricchetti achieved this feat — getting around the ban on lobbyists serving in the administration — by using one of Washington’s most-honored traditions: the loophole. Just as Obama won the presidency, Ricchetti de-registered as a lobbyist for his various clients. But he remained president of the lobbying firm that continued to work for many of those same clients, as well as a few more, such as the American Bankers Association.

Only in today’s Washington could a president circumvent his own ban on hiring lobbyists by hiring the head of a lobbying firm.

Ricchetti no doubt will give Biden excellent counsel; he has more than a quarter-century of experience in politics and government, and he is highly regarded around town. But his appointment shows just how flimsy Obama’s ethical reforms have been — and how absurd the official standards are for who is a “lobbyist” in the influence industry. For many Americans, this sort of chicanery adds to a suspicion that the fix is in.

Ricchetti has been through the revolving door more often than a bellhop at the Mayflower Hotel: Blue Cross Blue Shield, then the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, then the Clinton White House, then lobbying, then back to the Clinton White House, then more lobbying, this time starting Ricchetti Inc. with his brother, Jeff.(A call seeking comment from Ricchetti Inc. wasn’t returned.)

The brothers recently started another firm, Midwest Gateway Partners, with former Ohio governor Ted Strickland. National Journal reported last year that the firm would “do some lobbying work.” Steve Ricchetti’s bio was removed from Midwest’s Web site this week.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/obama-...
Mothra

United States

#35 Oct 7, 2012
The laughing liberal wrote:
Obama easily Settling in to Washington’s ways
By Dana Milbank,
Published: March 6, 2012
Quit spamming these boards you loser. No one reads your crp.
Makes sense

Dearborn, MI

#36 Oct 7, 2012
sailorman2 wrote:
In Obamas first campaign didn't he say something about making lobbyists extinct in his administration. Never mind. "Words, just words."
Just wondering, what are Bishop Rmoney and the Supreme Court saying?

“Facts”

Since: May 08

Location hidden

#37 Oct 7, 2012
The laughing liberal wrote:
Obama easily Settling in to WashingtonÂ’s ways


By Dana Milbank,
Published: March 6, 2012

Three years into his presidency, Barack Obama has finally overcome his pesky, puritanical aversion to K Street.

As a candidate, Obama pledged that lobbyists “will not run my White House.” But on Monday, the president brought in one of this town’s most prominent lobbyists to run his White House — or at least a nice piece of it.

Steve Ricchetti, whose long list of lobbying clients included Fannie Mae, General Motors, the American Hospital Association and Eli Lilly, was tapped to be counselor to Vice President Biden.

Ricchetti achieved this feat — getting around the ban on lobbyists serving in the administration — by using one of Washington’s most-honored traditions: the loophole. Just as Obama won the presidency, Ricchetti de-registered as a lobbyist for his various clients. But he remained president of the lobbying firm that continued to work for many of those same clients, as well as a few more, such as the American Bankers Association.

Only in todayÂ’s Washington could a president circumvent his own ban on hiring lobbyists by hiring the head of a lobbying firm.

Ricchetti no doubt will give Biden excellent counsel; he has more than a quarter-century of experience in politics and government, and he is highly regarded around town. But his appointment shows just how flimsy Obama’s ethical reforms have been — and how absurd the official standards are for who is a “lobbyist” in the influence industry. For many Americans, this sort of chicanery adds to a suspicion that the fix is in.

Ricchetti has been through the revolving door more often than a bellhop at the Mayflower Hotel: Blue Cross Blue Shield, then the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, then the Clinton White House, then lobbying, then back to the Clinton White House, then more lobbying, this time starting Ricchetti Inc. with his brother, Jeff.(A call seeking comment from Ricchetti Inc. wasnÂ’t returned.)

The brothers recently started another firm, Midwest Gateway Partners, with former Ohio governor Ted Strickland. National Journal reported last year that the firm would “do some lobbying work.” Steve Ricchetti’s bio was removed from Midwest’s Web site this week.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/obama-...
Excellent post

“Hillary, thirty years of lying”

Since: Nov 08

Paris

#38 Oct 7, 2012
Outta Luck wrote:
<quoted text>.
When did Obama claim terrorism is over? How about never.
I'm not proud of what happened in Lybia. But is your keeping score.
Under 20 killed due to what you perceive as Obama's incompetence.
Over 7000 Americans killed from W's actual lies and incompetence.
I will never vote republican again.
Neither will the families of soldiers who died in the mid east hellish deserts.
You sir are the liar today.
lie

“Hillary, thirty years of lying”

Since: Nov 08

Paris

#39 Oct 7, 2012
Makes sense wrote:
<quoted text>
Just wondering, what are Bishop Rmoney and the Supreme Court saying?
Why are you loons so scared to engage the truth and ask the same questions of Obama.......

Yep, he soaked Rev. Wrights hate up like a sponge for 20 years..........Remember Goddamn America.......and then Remember Michele's ALL THIS FOR A FLAG......they hate america other than what they can milk it for.

“Facts”

Since: May 08

Location hidden

#40 Oct 7, 2012
Le Jimbo wrote:
<quoted text>Why are you loons so scared to engage the truth and ask the same questions of Obama.......

Yep, he soaked Rev. Wrights hate up like a sponge for 20 years..........Remember Goddamn America.......and then Remember Michele's ALL THIS FOR A FLAG......they hate america other than what they can milk it for.
That is the liberal way

“Hillary, thirty years of lying”

Since: Nov 08

Paris

#41 Oct 7, 2012
Here Is One wrote:
<quoted text>
That is the liberal way
Romney looked over at Obama during the debate and said, "Facts Got You're Tongue".

“Facts”

Since: May 08

Location hidden

#42 Oct 7, 2012
Le Jimbo wrote:
<quoted text>Romney looked over at Obama during the debate and said, "Facts Got You're Tongue".
If Ryan spanks Biden as bad as oslama got spanked look for a big bump at the polls

“Hillary, thirty years of lying”

Since: Nov 08

Paris

#43 Oct 7, 2012
Mitt Romney has the support of 49 percent of voters nationwide, compared to 47 percent for President Obama, according to a Rasmussen poll based entirely on interviews conducted after the first presidential debate Wednesday.
Two percent of those surveyed prefer some other candidate and 2 percent are undecided, according to the first daily presidential tracking poll for Sunday.
The results are based on nightly interviews and reported on a three-day rolling average basis. The numbers show a modest bounce for Romney following his strong performance in the debate with President Obama.
“It remains to be seen whether (the bounce) is a temporary blip or signals a lasting change in the race,” the polling firm said.
Scott Rasmussen, the firm’s founder and president, notes “incumbent presidents often struggle in the first debate and do better in the second.”
The firm also released a poll Sunday showing Romney closing the gap on the president in 11 swing states.
In those states, Obama earns 49 percent support, compared to Romney’s 47 percent.
Rasmussen said the race is the closest it has been since September 29 and is Romney’s best showing since the middle of last month.
However, the survey is based on findings from the previous seven days, so most of the responses were prior to the debate.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/07/ra...

So the post debate numbers will be higher for Romney based on early sampling.

“Facts”

Since: May 08

Location hidden

#44 Oct 7, 2012
Le Jimbo wrote:
Mitt Romney has the support of 49 percent of voters nationwide, compared to 47 percent for President Obama, according to a Rasmussen poll based entirely on interviews conducted after the first presidential debate Wednesday.
Two percent of those surveyed prefer some other candidate and 2 percent are undecided, according to the first daily presidential tracking poll for Sunday.
The results are based on nightly interviews and reported on a three-day rolling average basis. The numbers show a modest bounce for Romney following his strong performance in the debate with President Obama.
“It remains to be seen whether (the bounce) is a temporary blip or signals a lasting change in the race,” the polling firm said.
Scott Rasmussen, the firm’s founder and president, notes “incumbent presidents often struggle in the first debate and do better in the second.”
The firm also released a poll Sunday showing Romney closing the gap on the president in 11 swing states.
In those states, Obama earns 49 percent support, compared to RomneyÂ’s 47 percent.
Rasmussen said the race is the closest it has been since September 29 and is RomneyÂ’s best showing since the middle of last month.
However, the survey is based on findings from the previous seven days, so most of the responses were prior to the debate.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/07/ra...

So the post debate numbers will be higher for Romney based on early sampling.
The VP debate may be what decides the election

The biggest problem for Mitt is that Mexico and Canada governments are rooting for oslama

And there money will trickle in to oslamas coffers

But in resort areas like here even democrats are rooting for Mitt as the economy slayer has hurt business here

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