Ambramoff and the hubris of the lobby…

The US has unearthed a juicy big scandal which could see millionaire lobbyist Jack Abramoff facing ten years in prison. Having pleaded guilty to public corruption, he has spread panic to his many clients in Congress, mostly, but by no means all Republicans, by turning states evidence. The majority leader in the house of representatives was the first to jump. Apart from protending spectacular impending carnage in Congress, it raises questions about the clarity of the line between legitimate lobbying and the semi takeover of public representatives by interest groups. Jack Shafer on some impressive one sided editorialising from the WSJ.

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