Genentech healthcare message channelled through at least 40 House members
Do you REALLY still believe this is a democracy?
From the New York Times, In House, Many Spoke With One Voice: Lobbyists’
Members of Congress submit statements for publication in the Congressional Record all the time, often with a decorous request to “revise and extend my remarks.” It is unusual for so many revisions and extensions to match up word for word. It is even more unusual to find clear evidence that the statements originated with lobbyists.
The e-mail messages and their attached documents indicate that the statements were based on information supplied by Genentech employees to one of its lobbyists, Matthew L. Berzok, a lawyer at Ryan, MacKinnon, Vasapoli & Berzok who is identified as the “author” of the documents. The statements were disseminated by lobbyists at a big law firm, Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal.
In an e-mail message to fellow lobbyists on Nov. 5, two days before the House vote, Todd M. Weiss, senior managing director of Sonnenschein, said, “We are trying to secure as many House R’s and D’s to offer this/these statements for the record as humanly possible.”
He told the lobbyists to “conduct aggressive outreach to your contacts on the Hill to see if their bosses would offer the attached statements (or an edited version) for the record.”
E-mail messages obtained by The New York Times show that the lobbyists drafted one statement for Democrats and another for Republicans.
Are we freaking outraged yet?? Just think of how many email messages were NOT handed over to the NYT. I'm thankful that we at least get to see some of the hard evidence, once in awhile.
If corporate-rule through your elected representative counts as democracy, well, give me a few minutes to think of something really, really big and worthless to sell you, I'll be right back.
[small UPDATE] --
An ironic slip of the tongue would probably be notable only to folks that understand the significant difference between "corporate persons," which are legal fictions created by business filings, and "natural persons" to whom are assigned the rights protected under guarentee of the Founders' Constitution.
It's lobbyists, who scale the walls separating real flesh-and-blood needs from expediencies of corporate profitability who would know the need to qualify their own efforts "as humanly possible."