July 22, 2009

CONGRESSIONAL QUARTERLY: Pelosi’s Door Revolves for Top Lobbyist. “The revolving door is wide open in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office just two years after she promised to crack down on the practice of congressional aides moving into lobbying shops and then back into government. Pelosi announced Monday that she is hiring one of Washington’s top lobbyists, Richard Meltzer, to be her policy director. It is a position in which Meltzer, a longtime Pelosi friend, is certain to have tremendous input into the shape of legislation affecting the more than 200 clients he represented according to federal lobbying disclosure records.”

When she talked about “draining the swamp,” I didn’t realize she meant, “and refilling it with my friends.”

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