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February 20, 2013


Just a Different Form of Lobbying

New Republic: "Once upon a time, the only way for a pol to cash in like that was to leave elected office in order to become a lobbyist--a nice living, but one that carries with it a stigma that would likely kill any future ambitions for high office. By contrast, a gig at Heritage, the main voice of the conservative movement, could be a good launching pad for a potential 2016 presidential bid. Candidate DeMint could run as a man of ideas, not another pol out shilling for his donors."

"The problem with that wholesome image... is that think-tanking and lobbying have come to look more and more alike. Just like lobbyists, think tanks can frame policy debates and generate political pressure--for the right price."












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