Thursday, June 17, 2010

Lobbying for Green

So here's how it works.

You have a "green" business. Like most "green" businesses, it can't make money unless the US taxpayer kicks in a lot of money.

What to do? What to do?

Easy. Hire a lobbyist! And don't worry about "the most open Government in history." All that "disclosure" stuff doesn't happen with the Chicago Boyzzzz.

The [President Obama] memo went on: "An executive department or agency official shall not consider the view of a lobbyist registered under the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, 2 U.S.C. 1601 et seq., concerning particular projects, applications, or applicants for funding under the Recovery Act unless such views are in writing."

... the Obama administration's stated policy is that lobbyists can't talk to the executive branch about applications for stimulus funding unless the communications are in writing, and that in that case, the communications must be immediately posted to the agency Web site. The lobbying reports for the second quarter for both Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP and for Capitol Tax Partners, LLP indicate that the Treasury and Energy Departments were lobbied in relation to the stimulus act. But neither the Treasury nor the Energy Web sites contain documentation of any communications from the two lobbying firms.

Want to know who Brownstein helped? It's mentioned at the link. But not on "The Most Transparent Gummint in History"'s websites.

That's the Chicago Way.

HT: Examiner

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