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Private Lobbyists, Public Pensions

in 20 states, they’re eligible for retirements

August 26, 2013

By MICHAEL GORMLEY Associated Press Writer ALBANY, N.Y. —î As a lobbyist in New York’s statehouse, Stephen Acquario is doing pretty well....

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Aug-26-13 5:38 AM

"He's among hundreds of lobbyists in at least 20 states who get public pensions because they represent associations of counties, cities and school boards,"


I PAY taxes for county services and schools!

Am I eligible for a pension as well???

No wonder virtually ever major city and state in the USA is BROKE!

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Aug-26-13 6:06 AM

This should end-immediately. Public sector pensions are already a heavy burden on taxpayers. We should not pay lobbyists' retirement, too.

Why are taxpayers paying for the pensions of people whose primary job is to shaft taxpayers, through lobbying?

We should end the program right now, purchase annuities to cover what they were promised, put the annuities into a 401k or IRA in their name and kick them out of the program forever.

Who in the*****set this up? They should go to jail for corruption.

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Aug-26-13 7:07 AM

If the peeps had any clue to all the deals that use YOUR tax money!

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Aug-26-13 7:21 AM

In China they call it bribs, in the US we call it the "system!"

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Aug-26-13 7:22 AM

Another great cut and paste article without answering any questions. Does this happen in WV? Ohio? Who are the people collecting and who do they represent? Do some reporting plz...

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Aug-26-13 8:48 AM

Lets see, using tax dollars to put our most valuable resource, our children, through Head Start or paying hired lobbyists/liars extraordinary freebie benefits???? And to this date, not one politician has had a problem with this?

Oh that's right, the politicians like Gov of Virginia and his family get paid payola from the lobbyists.....pathetic creatures from the bowels of the earth, but they don't care....they laugh all the way to the bank.

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Aug-26-13 2:04 PM

Let’s see... how many lobbyists are now in the Obama Administration? And after he promised you “no lobbyists in my Administration” I’ll bet you Obama supporters are pretty steamed about that bold faced lie. LOL

Even left-wing FactCheck lists 25 lobbyists in Obama’s regime. Google Obama Lobbyists for many more, if you can stand the truth. FactCheck lists Obama’s no-lobbyists claim FALSE.

w ww.politifact.c om/truth-o-meter/statements/2010/jan/27/barack-obama/obama-says-lobbyists-have-been-excluded-policy-mak/

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Aug-26-13 2:30 PM

troll, Lobbyists are in control of the "elected" goberment, follow the money....

So why would Egypt, Iraq, etc. not be interested in this "above-board" system we call democracy?

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Aug-26-13 3:18 PM

Bringing up the Gov of Virginia while professional crook/politician Terry McAuliffe is running to replace him. Just freaking hilarious!!

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Aug-26-13 4:42 PM

"Allie Braswell, who had announced his candidacy as the Democratic candidate for the office of Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Thursday, tendered his resignation from the race Monday, claiming in a press release “I underestimated how my campaign would affect those I care about most.”

Questions about Braswell’s qualifications to run the state’s finances surfaced when the Florida Times-Union disclosed that he’d filed for bankruptcy three times within less than 15 years. The last bankruptcy, a reorganization, was dismissed when he defaulted on his payment plan."

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Aug-26-13 7:51 PM

If you want to do something useful besides writing notes that cast doubt on your intelligence, read the book, "The Liberty Amendments" by Mark R. Kevin, then at the local and state level get involved in changing America. I guarantee the book is worth your time.

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Aug-27-13 8:08 AM

"A Reuters review of lobbying records found that more than 500 companies, business groups, consumer advocates, unions and other organizations weighed in on the Affordable Care Act during the second quarter of this year." (Rueters)

"A typical issue in Washington attracts 15 interest groups at any one time, according to research by Beth Leech, a Rutgers University political science professor who has written three books about lobbying. At the height of political debate over the law, just before Congress passed the legislation in March 2010, more than 1,000 stakeholders lobbied on the bill."

"Obama’s 2006 speech lamented that “in 2004, over $2.1 billion was spent lobbying Congress.” Total lobbying spending in 2010, the year the health care law passed, was $3.55 billion—the highest annual total ever."

This administration has been great for the lobby industry!! Pathetic creatures indeed!

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