Lobbyist Stand-Ins

The Post reports on the familiar practice of lobbyists hiring people to stand in line for crowded Congressional hearings.  Yes, it’s August.

In Washington, where access often equals action, lobbyists consider it crucial to attend congressional hearings or similar meetings in person. It’s here that they can speak directly with key lawmakers and their staff during breaks or after the hearing. They can also see who else is in the audience and pick up subtle hints about how a lawmaker may be leaning on a subject critical to their clients.

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