There's one issue Hillary Clinton won't flip-flop on: accepting money from lobbyists. The Huffington Post reports:
Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign will accept donations from lobbyists and political action committees, a difference in policy from the man she's hoping to replace, President Barack Obama.
The Clinton campaign confirmed that there would be no prohibition on such donations, after The Huffington Post was tipped off by two lobbyists supportive of the former secretary of state's run for the White House.
“Hillary Clinton has a long history of taking on tough fights against special interests, whether or not they’re donors to her campaigns," said Jesse Ferguson, a spokesman for the campaign. "She strongly supports campaign finance reform and has voted for tough lobbying reform, but as long as Republican groups and candidates are going to spend millions attacking Hillary, we need the resources to fight back.”
As the liberal website correctly points out, Clinton's position on this issue is the same as it was in 2008. "The approach is consistent with the one Clinton took in her last White House run in 2008. But it differs from what Obama did that same year and four years later."
Here's Clinton, from that failed election, defending her decision to take money from lobbyists:
The public holds Congress in minimal high regard these days and if any of the members are bewildered about why this should be, they might want to consult the reporting of Eric Lipton in the New York Times, where he describes in detail the:
You would think the dearth of legislation coming off Capitol Hill might be a problem for K Street. But that would be outside-the-beltway thinking. There are other ways to skin a cat … or a taxpayer. And the lobbyists have found one. As Megan R. Wilson at The Hill writes, they are happily:
The urge to drape mundane or slightly disreputable work with a fancy title has been with us for a while. Thus garbage collectors are "sanitation engineers." Prison guards, "correction officers." Strippers, "exotic dancers." This provided some good material for the late George Carlin and became pretty much organic in Washington where all bureaucrats are "administrators" and virtually nothing is called by its right name.
There is some movement in Washington toward reforming the tax code which may sound like mere legislation but, as Nancy Cook of the National Journal writes, is being treated more like combat by some interested parties.
Today, the political class celebrates the long career of John Dingell. As of Friday nobody, not even Robert Byrd, will have served longer in either body of Congress. As the media fashions this story, we are expected not only to marvel but to feel gratitude. Whatta guy. Great public servant. Been doing it since Ike was president and a postage stamp cost three cents.
Seems K Street and Max Baucus were looking forward to a fun year of fixing up the tax code and making it stand up and salute. But now the IRS has gone and muddied the waters. As Erik Wasson and Peter Schroeder write at The Hill: