Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Government officials and governmental action are not for sale

Listening to Assistant Attorney General Alice Fisher talk about Jack Abramoff today,


you might think she was less concerned with portraying him as a crook, than with portraying every other lobbyist, and the politicians they’re in bed with, as not being crooks: “Lawful lobbying does not include paying a public official a personal benefit with the understanding, explicit or implicit, that a certain official act will occur. That’s not lobbying. That’s a crime. ... Government officials and governmental action are not for sale.” No, they’re not ON sale; it’s full retail price. No sales tax, though. And you can get gift cards.

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