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Denver: ATT thanks Blue Dogs Sun. Night

The SF Chronicle reports on corporate lobbyists taking advantage of a loophole in rules preventing them from throwing lavish parties to "honor"House lawmakers, which exempts parties for groups of Members.

Prominent, a Sunday evening bash thrown by ATT for the "Blue Dogs" to thank them for the FISA amnesty.





Lobbyist parties for lawmakers bend rules

Congress, pledging to clean up Washington's culture of corruption, approved a rule last year to end the practice of lobbyists or their clients throwing lavish events honoring lawmakers at the parties' national conventions.

But the House ethics committee opened a huge loophole in the rule by issuing guidelines in December saying it was fine for lobbyists or their employers to throw parties for a group of House members - just not for a single lawmaker...

...AT&T is among the sponsors of a party celebrating the conservative House Blue Dog Democrats on Sunday night.





Perfect spot for the first appearance of my "STOP GOVERNMENT SPYING" banner.

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Playing Hookey on a Snow Day, Open Thread

[larger version] A few more pictures here.

Let it snow! We're locked in by a fierce blizzard. Denver is shut down. Even the federal government has closed -- the Colorado Federal Executive Board has ordered all Federal departments and agencies to close. Hundreds of flights have been canceled. Boulder just announced it will be shut down through Thursday.

It's a winter wonderland.

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