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Guest Column: Balancing Out The Lobbyists


December 7, 2017

One of the quirks of life in Washington, D.C., is that pretty much the only people who don’t refer to lobbyists by that name are, well, lobbyists. They’re “policy advisors,” or “strategic counsel,” or “public relations advisors” or lawyers, or even just “consultants.” Whatever they’re called, though, they play a huge role in making policy.

For the most part, they are able, well-informed and skillful at what they do. Their aim is to develop a cordial relationship with policy-makers — whether elected to Congress or serving in some federal agency — so that they can a...

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