Lobbyist Spending

The Times discusses spending on lobbying and the healthcare debate.

Mr. Obama promised in the campaign to limit the influence of lobbyists, and instituted new restrictions on their ability to join his administration. Washington veterans say the impact of those moves so far, however, has been confined to the White House. They have been largely limited to depriving Mr. Obama of the services of some Democrats disqualified from administration service because of past lobbying for corporations or liberal interests.

“In general, the view of lobbying is that it’s just as effective on the Hill as ever,” said Mr. Paster, the former Clinton lobbyist.

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