On Lobbying: Pharisees At Work In The Nation’s Capital?

By Chandrashekar (Chandra) Tamirisa, (On Twitter) @c_tamirisa

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Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District is a bright man. He is one of the few policy wonks among elected officials and a possible candidate for Vice President on the 2012 Republican ticket with aspirations to become president someday.

I asked to work for him on his staff. And I got a Tweet asking me to write to the Congress directly using a web form. Very true. After all, George Washington had asked citizens to do the same under candle light using an ink pot and a quill, just as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were written.

Having served as an unpaid grassroots leader on the Pickens Plan in Maryland’s District 8 and for the State of Maryland since 2008 and coordinated Virtual March for the plan, I am deeply familiar with writing directly to members of Congress and the White House to lobby the attention and effort of elected representatives to my cause successfully. I have been a registered lobbyist since 2008.

I thought, given this background of mine, Representative Ryan’s plan was an interesting idea, including for corporate and geopolitical interests such as the Bohemian Club and Bilderberg. After all, fairness demands that when people can work intelligently with the Congress directly, why not the wealthy?

When professional lobbyists such as myself at the grassroots and grasstops, who earn a living from securing clients to represent their interests in front of Congress diligently in compliance with the country’s lobbying laws every quarter, both people and corporations can easily bypass lobbyists such as myself to directly write to their representatives using a web form on the websites of the Congress without having to register or donate to political campaigns of elected representatives.

Why millions of dollars in campaign donations and taxpayer/United States Secret Service guarded pow-wows by the wealthy and powerful at Bohemian Club and Bilderberg?

Something worth pondering for the people’s representatives.


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