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Lobbyists in Washington

Lobbyists on the loose in Washington. What do they want now and what are lawmakers handing over? On finance. Campaign spending. We’ll get the story.

The Capitol dome in Washington. (AP)

The Capitol dome in Washington. (AP)

Lobbyists on the loose in Washington.

What do they want now and what are lawmakers. handing over? On finance. Campaign spending. Gun rights. Healthcare. And much more. Lobbying is big business in Washington.

Everyone’s in the game— from the American Cancer Society and car dealers to the NRA and environmental groups. The image of Abramoff-style corruption and fat cats with cigars prevails but it’s just part of the picture.

This hour, On Point: Lobbying and what’s at stake for the country — right now
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Guests:

Paul Singer, associate editor and senior investigative reporter for Roll Call.

Tom Ferguson, political science professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston and senior fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. He’s author of “Golden Rule: The Investment Theory of Party Competition and the Logic of Money-Driven Politics.”

Nicholas Allard, he chairs the lobbying, political and election law practice at Patton Boggs in Washington DC. He has served on the staffs of Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Senator Edward Kennedy.

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