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islandmkl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:23 PM
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Obama Pledged to Ban Lobbyists, but Senate Leader Says They're "Part of Washington"
By BRIAN ROSS. JUSTIN ROOD, and AVNI PATEL

Jan. 20, 2009

In his historic speech Tuesday morning, President Barack Obama said the era of "protecting narrow interests" is over - an echo of his campaign promise that lobbyists and special interests would lose their clout in his White House. But lobbyists still have defenders in Washington D.C., including one of Obama's most powerful allies, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada).

Reid invited top lobbyists to join him and his supporters for an inaugural brunch Monday where he told ABC News that he will still do plenty of business with them.

"And there's nothing wrong with that," said Reid. "And Obama will be meeting with them too." When asked to clarify his remarks, given Obama's promises to change that part of Capitol culture, Reid responded that lobbyists are part and parcel of the job.

it is only a matter of time...either Barack will bring a change or Harry & Nancy will continue to steer this ship the same direction it has headed for the past 20 years...
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