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Old 03-13-2012, 06:45 AM   #1
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Default Are Hollywood and Washington really the same place?

Both towns seem to work the same way:

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/arch...not-all-money/

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The key mistake most people make when they look at Washingtonóand the key misconception that characters like Abramoff would lead you toóis seeing Washington as a cash economy. Itís a gift economy. Thatís why firms divert money into paying lobbyists rather than spending every dollar on campaign contributions. Campaign contributions are part of the cash economy. Lobbyists are hired because they understand how to participate in the gift economy.
Lobbyists build up relationships with politicians they like and, in many cases, agree with. They give those politicians money and they invite them out for dinner, or to their corporate box to watch ball games. They argue for the clientís interests, but they donít argue too hard, or cross any ethical boundaries. And, over time, the politician comes to see the lobbyist as a friend. After all, the lobbyist is doing all sorts of thing that, in a personís normal life, would lead to friendship, or at least a warm business relationship: heís supporting the politicianís work and spending lots of time having interesting conversations with him and showing up at his events. The lobbyists are smart and personable and interesting and connected. They have expertise he needs, and connections that can help him, and information about what other political actors are doing that gives him a leg up. It is a perfect mixture of ideological comradeship, financial perks, and personal affinity. But it is the sense of comradeship and affinity that makes the whole thing work.
In many cases, the lobbyist actually is the politicianís friend. She is his former staffer, or a colleague he used to see three times a week at the congressional gym. After all, there are any number of wealthy, well-connected people who might like to bend a senatorís ear. But senators have limited time and busy schedules. They canít make space for every supplicant with a thick bill roll and a fat rolodex. And so clever lobbying shops have figured out a way to get to politicians: hire their friends. Hire the people they have already demonstrated an interest in talking to, and accepting counsel from.
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Old 03-13-2012, 03:49 PM   #2
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Default Re: Are Hollywood and Washington really the same place?

No. (source: http://maps.google.com/)
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Old 03-13-2012, 04:36 PM   #3
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What's the old saw? "Washington is just Hollywood for ugly people."
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Old 03-13-2012, 09:19 PM   #4
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What's the old saw? "Washington is just Hollywood for ugly people."

And these days, the excessively religious.
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