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Lobbyist/Congressional Ties Only Reported When It's Democrats

Reported by Janie - January 18, 2007 -

For the past 6 years, both the GOP-controlled Congress and the Bush Administration have been chocked-full of former lobbyists for various industries, while Congressmen and Administration officials have left their positions to work on K Street, using the contacts they amassed while in office.

Fox, overall, didn't seem to think this was much of a story, and neglected to mention it in segment, after segment. Finally, after 6 years, "Special Report" took a moment to address the situation last night (1/17), but guess who he left out? Republicans!

Hume opened his "Two Minutes of Hate" (AKA "Grapevine") segment:

"Congressional ethics rules place all sorts of limits on what people who leave government can do, including restrictions on their ability to communicate with and lobby their former colleagues. But for people who leave the private sector to work on Capitol Hill there are no such restrictions.

The Washington Post reports there are a number of people now in position to help their former employers if they choose to do so.

The chief of staff to the House Energy and Commerce Committee is a former lobbyist and strategist for DaimlerChrysler. The chief counsel for that committee is a former lobbyist for Verizon. The chief of staff for the House Rules Committee is a former lobbyist for a firm representing a major automaker and the oil industry. And the senior adviser to House Democratic Whip James Clyburn is on unpaid leave from Microsoft, where he is director of federal government affairs."

Comment: After 6 long years of this being the norm, Fox decides to actually cover this highly important issue, but purely in a partisan manner - focusing solely on Democrats and ignoring the enormous number of lobbyists appointed by the Bush Administration.

Let's take a look at what Hume missed:

- In 2004, The Denver Post reported that the Bush Administration has "installed more than 100 top officials who were once lobbyists, attorneys or spokespeople for the industries they oversee."

- In June of this year, The New York Times reported:

"Dozens of members of the Bush administration's domestic security team, assembled after the 2001 terrorist attacks, are now collecting bigger paychecks in different roles: working on behalf of companies that sell domestic security products, many directly to the federal agencies the officials once helped run.

At least 90 officials at the Department of Homeland Security or the White House Office of Homeland Security — including the department's former secretary, Tom Ridge; the former deputy secretary, Adm. James M. Loy; and the former under secretary, Asa Hutchinson — are executives, consultants or lobbyists for companies that collectively do billions of dollars' worth of domestic security business."

The list of Republicans that have crossed over goes on, and on, and on, and on, and on - and has done so for more than half a decade. Suddenly, with Democrats in power - the story has gained traction, but the most important part of it - the Administration's ties to lobbyists (and allowing corporations to write legislation) is entirely ignored, so Fox and Hume can once again advance the Republican propaganda.