Daily Archives: January 7, 2010

A quick News Note from Thom Hartmann’s Blog

I got this off Thom’s newsletter which you can subscribe to by going HERE.

Sally Kern, the Oklahoma state legislator who infamously called homosexuality “the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam,” now wants to force heterosexual couples to stay married. Under Kern’s legislation, incompatibility would not be an OK reason to obtain a divorce if the partners have been married for over a decade or are raising minor children. At least there’s some internal consistency to Kern, unlike most who oppose gay marriage. She realizes that the biggest threat to the “sanctity of marriage” is…divorce! Or Tiger Woods.

Here’s a New Idea for Lobbyists: “Not Lobbying”

We’ve seen with the tremendous amount of pressure put on Congress by lobbyists during the Health Care debate that this is a power that exists in Washington, DC, and that has fallen into a very poor perception with the voting public.  So what do lobbyists do if they want to stay in business and NOT be seen as capitalist pigs?

They can start a Not Lobbying Firm.

Brien Bonneville and Larry Mitchell, who used to be lobbyists, have done just that, founding K Street Research in DC, with the published goal of providing lots of what I would have thought were lobbyist services to Corporate America and others. Here’s how they define it:

K Street Research is a non-lobbying entity that provides government and political research, as well as a variety of administrative services, to clients ranging from small government relations firms to large corporations and trade associations. Our mission is to provide affordable solutions so that you may better serve your clients, members, shareholders or other business interests in this active environment.

The complexities of the global marketplace have the already thin line between the public and private sectors fading away. As Congress and the Administration continue to expand their agenda, players in this new economy have come to the realization that they must have a strong presence in Washington, DC to stay competitive.

Gee, it sounds a lot like lobbying to me.

Of course, a major difference is the fact that non-lobbyists DON’T have to register as LOBBYISTS! In an article by Arthur Delaney in the HuffPo:

Mitchell said they’ve already got several clients, but he declined to identify them. That’s his prerogative as a non-lobbyist, unencumbered by disclosure requirements. “We actually have some privacy,” he said. “We don’t have to tell you.”

So what is it they are doing? If they spend more than 20% of their time on a client, or contact more than one Congress person for a client, aren’t they lobbying?

Keep in touch… and keep your eyes open.

Joe Conason on Richard Blumenthal

This is a very short clip from a great article in Salon by Joe Conason about Connecticut Attorney General Blumenthal and the run for Dodd’s Senate Seat. Please go in and read the whole thing:
clipped from www.salon.com
Dodd’s vulnerability had tempted Republicans to believe they could capture his seat, despite the deep blue hue of the Nutmeg State — until today, when Attorney General Richard Blumenthal will announce that he plans to seek the Democratic senatorial nomination next summer.
— he is by far the most popular elected official in the state.
What he hasn’t hesitated to do is wield state power against industrial polluters, corporate tax evaders, credit-card gougers, consumer abusers, financial fraudsters, violent felons, and other public enemies. He is among the most progressive politicians in Connecticut — and for that matter he is also among the most admired and most progressive among his official peers across the nation.
Every poll has shown that Blumenthal can beat any Republican still dreaming about the Dodd seat, which means Connecticut will be spared the further embarrassment of being represented in the Senate by someone like Linda McMahon (as this brand-new PPP survey shows).
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