- Aug 3, 2009
I would respectfully disagree.ManInFull said:The WSJ article is just a minor case of bad PR.
Yes, the article itself is relatively minor. However, the fact that the Congressman immediately made public the visit by this lobbyist is quite significant.
Disclosing visits by lobbyists is not how the quid pro quo system on Capitol Hill works. These are relationships built on confidentiality, anonymity, and back room handshakes. For a Congressman to not only make public a visit by a lobbyist, but to also disclose the nature of the visit and imply that the topic of discussion was of a questionable nature is very significant.
For "wink, wink, whisper, whisper hey can you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours" to turn immediately into "Hey this lobbyist for Livestrong wanted to talk to me about USADA funding" in an official press release is profound.