K Street: Negotiate, Don’t Fight

The Times examines how lobbyists across a number of industries are approaching the Obama administration’s proposals.

Industry groups and lobbyists typically hostile to intrusive government programs have been professing solidarity with Mr. Obama and his agenda on matters like health care, energy and financial regulation. Industry has calculated that it stands a better chance of achieving its ends by negotiating with the White House than by fighting it — at least publicly, and at least until the various proposals get down to the final details.

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