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Lobbyists Rebrand Themselves Consultants, Evade Campaign Finance Laws

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Honest Leadership and Open Government Act is no match for determined lobbyists.

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"[I]t's a transportation thing. Transportation industry," Inhofe replied, before claiming not to have "met many" lobbyists inside and calling Zornick a "punk" before walking away.

Indeed, the GOP is far more adept at wringing large amounts of money out of deep-pocketed donors.

"On the GOP side is where the worst of it is," says Holman. "It's an amazingly sad state of affairs."

However, neither political party is blameless.

The one event out of 400 Craig Holman was able to shut down four years ago?

"A lobbyist-sponsored party for the House freshman Democrats who had just been elected to office in 2006," he told me in an email message, "on an ethics platform."

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