ABC: Dem staffer summoned lobbyists, special interests to fight budget cuts 

Spending reductions? Democrats are having none of it. ABC News reports that a staffer for Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, summoned lobbyists to a strategy meeting last week to defend their respective pieces of the federal pie against spending reductions:

In an e-mail obtained by ABC News, a top staffer for the key Senate Appropriations subcommittee called for a meeting of lobbyists and interest groups that would be affected by expected cuts to the Labor and Heath and Human Services budget. The Jan. 24 meeting was attended by approximately 400 people, sources told ABC, and served as a "call to arms" for those determined to fight Republican budget cuts...

"It seemed to me like they are trying to build momentum to push the Republicans back on their promises on funding levels and I think – to their credit – they were reaching out to a vast number of organizations to build a coalition of people who are willing to take action against whatever may come out of the House."

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David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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