I have been reading the Lou Dubose & Jan Reid's book, The Hammer: Tom DeLay. God, Money, and the Rise of the Republican Congress.
The book has been a very enlightening about the actions of Tom DeLay and his cronies in the U.S. House in relation to the lobbyists. DeLay basically only allows Republican lobbyists on "Capital Hill" and has them doing the bidding of the Republican party. Lobbyists are pressured to go out and "sell" Republican bills to their clients.
The DeLay lobbyist project that DeLay, Santorum, and Norquist run has public policy and political consequences that will last for at least a quarter of a century. By discipling the lobby and making it an extension of the Republican House conference, DeLay has expanded his influence far beyond the House. Lobbyists are being ordered to do the party's bidding. Lobbyists are told to lean on House members whom they have contributed money and tell them how the party wants them to vote.
Congressman Barry Franks states in the book how this process has become an accepted way of "doing business."
They don't even have to use threats anymore. Everyone is conditioned to behave a certain way.
New York Congressman Jerrold Nadler explains the situation like this:
They have institutionalized it. They're like the mob. When the mob bosses start out, they tell you if you don't pay them what they ask for, they are going to bomb your store. After a while, they don't need to threaten you anymore. You just hand the money over when they show up to collect it.
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