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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Lobbying and Congressional Speeches

In chapter 9, we discuss interest group lobbying. Perhaps the most important job of lobbyists is to supply information to lawmakers. Sometimes they supply legislative language. And asThe New York Times reports this morning, sometimes they supply speeches:

In the official record of the historic House debate on overhauling health care, the speeches of many lawmakers echo with similarities. Often, that was no accident. Statements by more than a dozen lawmakers were ghostwritten, in whole or in part, by Washington lobbyists working for Genentech, one of the world’s largest biotechnology companies. E-mail messages obtained by The New York Times show that the lobbyists drafted one statement for Democrats and another for Republicans. The lobbyists, employed by Genentech and by two Washington law firms, were remarkably successful in getting the statements printed in the Congressional Record under the names of different members of Congress.