Lobbyists call bluff on ‘Daschle exemption’

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Tom Daschle has earned millions of dollars telling the nation’s biggest companies how to get what they want from official Washington.

He’s not a lawyer, but he works for a law firm — one that’s regularly cited as one of the highest-grossing lobbying shops in town. One of Daschle’s most trusted aides is a lobbyist, well known on the Hill as the former Senate Democratic leader’s emissary.

In short, Daschle, working with his firm’s lobbyists, uses his decades of congressional experience to tell clients how to favorably influence policy.

But Daschle insists, “I do not lobby.”

“I provide my clients with analysis, not access. I offer them strategic advice on public policy matters, including analysis of the substance, procedure and politics associated with different policy initiatives, whether they be legislative, regulatory or otherwise,” Daschle wrote in an e-mail to POLITICO.

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