The Honorable Lobbyist

Legal Bisnow reports recently that Ed Mathias, co-founder of the nebulous private equity shop Carlyle Group, described business interests without lobbyists on retainer as “extraordinarily vulnerable.” Mr. Mathias was speaking at a Washington, D.C. event at which Patton Boggs attorney Nick Allard also described lobbying as an “honorable, and increasingly essential, profession.”

Mr. Allard further pointed to a growing demand for lobbying services spurred by ever-more complex government regulation of industry and increased Federal spending; businesses have a lot of government hoops to jump through and a shot at a lot of government money, so large rewards exist for the skilled lobbyist who can help to navigate those hoops in search of that money. Mr. Allard is hoping to do just that, helping clients comply with government stimulus spending disclosure requirements.

Mr. Allard and other lobbyists also criticized President Obama’s anti-lobbyist stance at the event; they note “it’s just not good government to refuse to listen to people who disagree with you.”


One Response to The Honorable Lobbyist

  1. i was beginning to assume i may end up being the only woman whom cared about this, at least now i discover im not extreme 🙂 i am going to make sure to find out more about various various articles just after i get a bit of caffeine in me, it is actually stressful to read with out my coffee, I was until the wee hours of the morning last night jamming zynga poker and after polishing off a few beers i finished up getting rid of all my zynga poker chips adios for now 🙂

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