K Street Project

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    The K Street Project is an effort by the Republican Party (GOP) to pressure Washington lobbying firms to hire only Republicans in top positions, and to reward loyal GOP lobbyists with access to influential officials. It was launched in 1995 by Republican strategist Grover Norquist and then-House majority whip Tom DeLay. It has been criticized as being part of a "coziness" between the GOP and large corporations which has allegedly allowed business to rewrite government regulations affecting their own industries in some cases (see Dick Cheney energy task force).

    Shortly after the 1994 elections which gave a majority of seats to Republican candidates, DeLay called prominent Washington lobbyists into his office. He had pulled the public records of political contributions that they made to Democrats and Republicans. According to Texans for Public Justice, "he reminded them that Republicans were in charge and their political giving had better reflect that—or else. The "or else" was a threat to cut off access to the Republican House leadership."[1]
     
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    Yes, and during the Bush administration, there were repeated cases of 'cleaning' beucracies of Democrats. Well, it has all come back on them now. Hope to see an accounting in court for many actions that were clearly illegal by the current administration.
     
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    Politicizing the Justice Department, Military, Federal Prosecutors, Every Bush appointee, pages in washington, lobbyists, etc.

    And Republicans act like it happens all the time. Or they point to that Jefferson guy, or Blagoyavich.

    This Republican corruption was coordinated. Abramoff, Delay and many others were caught. Some/a few were Democrats. That doesn't make what they did alright.

    Haven't caught them? They won't show up for Sobpoenas. And all the US Federal Prosecutors are loyal Bushies. Take it all the way to the Supreme Court? They even stacked that deck in favor of Exxon and the United Corporations of America. Now when the courts find corporations guilty or neglegable, they just have to take it to the Supreme Court where the $ will be lowered. So now it'll be worth it for corporations to break the laws.

    And even though all the GOP are gone, all the lobbyists are Republicans still. So I dare the Dems to take shady money from lobbyists, because those lobbyists are all looking to set you up. Don't be another Blagoyavich. :lol:
     
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    Sorry that happens every time the administration changes hands. And most of it is assumptions without and evidence in support of it.
     
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    So what do Democrats call their coziness with corporate lobbyists that support them? Pot calling the kettle black.
     
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    Not since 1994. When the K Street project succeeded, the Republicans assumed they owned the companies. But it was the companies that bought them. And people like Phil Gramm set up the policies to let the companies commit legal larceny.

    If any Democrat starts cozying up to these people, we Democrats better bring him down right now, or in eight years we will find ourselves exactly where the Republicans are today.
     
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    Some evidence of that charge would be nice...

    Too bad none exists...
     

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