A Lobbyist's Paradise

In spite of Clinton's protests, the influence-peddling machine in Washington is back in high gear

"The last 12 years were nothing less than an extended hunting season for high-priced lobbyists and Washington influence peddlers. On streets where statesmen once strolled, a never-ending stream of money now changes hands -- tying the hands of those elected to lead."

-- Candidate Bill Clinton, describing the atmosphere of the Reagan and Bush Administrations

"The period we're in is a lobbyist's dream come true."

-- Joan Claybrook, head of the advocacy group Public Citizen, describing the atmosphere of the Clinton Administration

Another illustration of the adage that the more things change, the more they remain the same? Not quite: in...

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