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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Is there a lobbyist in the house?

Operating without a lobbyist dictating your every move is probably a new way of doing business for some people. But not these:

Prior to a discussion of just how to divide up a remaining $780,000 in federal stimulus money between Chatham and Sherman (Chatham got $500,000 and Sherman $280,000) a representative of the Federal Highway Administration briefly halted the proceedings to explain a memo just released by the Obama administration regarding stimulus money and lobbyists.
“We have to ask the question. Are there any registered federal lobbyists in the room?” said J.D. Stevenson, who works in the office of planning, environment and right-of-way for the local FHA office.
There was a pause in the room. Maybe even a chuckle or two, as if some were wondering if it was a serious question. Yes, Stevenson explained. It was. (Landis: Money talk can deliver some odd moments.)

I thought that was interesting since I was just reading the new memo clarifying the old memo regarding lobbying restrictions on stimulus money. (Via.)

Posted by Marie at April 12, 2009 3:34 PM