Lobbyists and the Peddling of Influence and Power The guilty plea of Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff to charges of conspiracy and fraud have put a spotlight directly on lobbyists and their trade. Experts and guests debate how power is brokered in Washington and whether the current system should be or can be reformed.
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Lobbyists and the Peddling of Influence and Power

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Lobbyists and the Peddling of Influence and Power

Lobbyists and the Peddling of Influence and Power

Lobbyists and the Peddling of Influence and Power

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The guilty plea of Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff to charges of conspiracy and fraud have put a spotlight directly on lobbyists and their trade. Experts and guests debate how power is brokered in Washington and whether the current system should be or can be reformed.

Guests:

Tom Edsall, Washington Post national political reporter

Larry Larocco, senior partner at Fleishman-Hillard Government Relations; former Democratic Congressman from Idaho

Scott Klug, managing director of public affairs for Foley & Lardner; former Republican congressman from Wisconsin

Sister Simone Campbell, Catholic nun; national coordinator of Network, a National Catholic Social Justice Lobby