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The lobbyist hit list

A look at the industry’s biggest trade groups and influence peddlers that are descending on Washington
By Will Parker | May 05, 2017 10:30AM

(Illustration by Dante Terzigni)

From TRD New York: In the fall of 1991, a brash New York developer testified at a Congressional budget hearing, telling committee members that nobody he knew could get a loan and complaining that the real estate industry’s muscle in Washington was weak.

“They have absolutely the most pathetic lobby in the history of the United States Congress,” a then-bankrupt Donald Trump said during the hearing, which was focused on how to help the U.S. economy recover amid a deep recession.

“It’s a shame,” he said, “that this very powerful and important industry doesn’t have a better lobby.”

Today, of course, Trump is the primary resident of the White House, and rather than relying on lobbyists to push his agenda, he is the target of their influence peddling. [More]