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Posted: Sunday, March 16, 2008 10:00 pm

San Joaquin County has a full-time lobbyist for which it pays $85,000, and the county also approved funding $11,617 for sending another delegation of officials back to Washington D.C. for the annual One Voice lobbying trip.

Yet despite all these efforts to lobby politicians back in the nation's capitol, the Board of Supervisors went a step further on Tuesday by hiring a second lobbyist.

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3 comments:

  • posted at 4:39 pm on Mon, Mar 17, 2008.

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    Tom, that's exactly what I thought this morning as I read the article at my kitchen table, having coffee.

    The reality is that Washington is so bogged down with red tape and such that it takes years for our Reps to learn the ropes. By the time 'McNerdy' understands it he will get voted out, since he is clueless, and will have accomplished nothing.

    To make money in business you have to spend it. So, I guess to get Federal money you have to have a lobbyist with a hefty meal expense account.

     
  • posted at 8:11 am on Mon, Mar 17, 2008.

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    "We need someone to work through the gears of the federal government," Flinn said. "How do you advance this project? You need some people in Washington who know the innards." Isn't that the job of our elected representative? Where is Rep. McNerney? Why do we have to pay someone outside of government to make the case our representative should make? Rep. McNerney is on the Transporation and Infrastructure committee. Hey, why not save the lobby $ and ask the guy we elected to do his job?

     
  • posted at 2:46 am on Mon, Mar 17, 2008.

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    Where can I get an application for lobbyist?

     
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