Boehner: as Bad as DeLay?
: Like Tom DeLay, John Boehner has close ties to K Street. Boehner played a key role in Tom DeLay’s vaunted “K Street Project” to encourage lobbying firms to hire Republicans. In fact, beginning soon after the GOP took control of Congress in 1995, Boehner held weekly meetings with about a dozen of the most powerful lobbyists in the speaker’s suite in the Capitol. “He was a policy traffic cop for the business community,” said a colleague of Boehner’s of his role as chairman of the GOP conference. “He … translated business outreach into votes.”1 Across the span of his career, Boehner has raised nearly 95% of his money from business interests.
Like Tom DeLay, John Boehner raises money from the industries he regulates.
Special interest groups and lobbyists have two paths by which to try to influence John Boehner: his campaign account and his leadership PAC, the Freedom Project. | postWAIT, BEFORE YOU GO…
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