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Lobbyists Are Using Loopholes to
Fly Lawmakers Around the World

National Journal, by Shane Goldmacher

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 1/11/2014 4:57:18 AM

Dennis Hastert and Dick Gep­hardt couldn´t stand each other when they led Congress a decade ago. But now they´ve moved to K Street, where the flood of money tends to wash over such personal differences. These days, they work hand in hand as two of Turkey´s top lobbyists, with their respective firms pocketing most of a $1.4 million annual lobbying contract. It was this business that took Hastert and Gephardt to Turkey last April, but more surprising than the odd couple´s newfound alliance was their set of travel companions: eight members of Congress on an all-expenses-paid journey overseas. It´s widely believed that

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 1/11/2014 11:44:56 AM     (No. 9688200)

I remember Little Dickie Gephardt. He´s the one who lived in the Outer Banks and used his mother´s apartment address to run for office again - and again - and again.



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