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Politicians ponder where to draw lobbying line

Fox News

01/17/06

The extent of high-dollar lobbyist Jack Abramoff's criminal behavior might become the biggest congressional scandal in decades, but to clear the air lawmakers in Washington must first grapple with the slippery equation that includes lobbying, politicians, money and legislation. The root problem, analysts say, is that the political process is being corrupted by money linked to lobbying -- not a new problem by any means, but a pervasive one that further erodes public trust in the legislative system. And even when rules seek to strike a balance between what should and should not be allowed in the lobbyist-lawmaker relationship, not everyone is going to follow them, added congressional scholar Norm Ornstein, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute...

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,181834,00.html


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