Despite the fact that the Republican caucus has sworn off earmarks, the Senate failed this week to receive the necessary 2/3 majority for a legislative ban on earmarks. A silly narrative emerged prior to this vote warning cities of all shapes and sizes that they would suffer colossal funding losses if earmark reform was enacted. Lacking in this analysis were basic facts that everyone should know.
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Maury Litwack is the author of the recently published book “Capitol Plan – A Comprehensive Washington Advocacy Strategy”. Maury has worked with elected officials, municipalities and a national non-profit on major aspects of their federal and state agendas during the last seven Congressional Sessions. Maury served on the staff of two Congressmen during the 108th and 109th Congress, where he provided legislative expertise and political strategy. Maury left the Hill to expand the Washington office of Miami-Dade County, the 6th largest county in the country, and now serves on the federal affairs staff of a national non-profit.
The New York Times reported on Wednesday that lobbyists are now courting potential Republican chairmen with fundraisers in an effort to create and cement relationships prior to a potential Republican takeover of the House. The White House communications director called this story another sign of Republicans’ “loyalty to these special interests.”
“There's just something a tad depressing that it takes hiring a lobbyist to help navigate the Haiti rebuilding process” – Chuck Todd
President Obama has endorsed the Stewart/Colbert rally set to take place at the end of the month. The president got the name of the rally wrong in his remarks last week but seems to support the general goal -- restoring sanity. Given its presidential support, one can only assume that this rally will be a success. But what defines success for a Washington political rally? Has the president hitched his wagon to a successful rally? What if it fails? How does one judge success or failure when critiquing a Washington rally? I have a metric.
Lady Gaga and Stephen Colbert entranced the media for a few days this past week with their respective lobbying efforts. Gaga’s efforts were intriguing because she took her advocacy not to Washington but to Maine, home to Senators Collins and Snowe, who were holdouts on the threatened GOP filibuster of Don't Ask Don't Tell. Colbert played “expert” with his immigration reform testimony.