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Congressional Statements Ghostwritten by Lobbyists

In the official record of the historic House debate on overhauling health care, the speeches of many lawmakers echo with similarities. Often, that was no accident.

Statements by more than a dozen lawmakers were ghostwritten, in whole or in part, by Washington lobbyists working for Genentech, one of the world's largest biotechnology companies.

E-mail messages obtained by The New York Times show that the lobbyists drafted one statement for Democrats and another for Republicans.

The lobbyists, employed by Genentech and by two Washington law firms, were remarkably successful in getting the statements printed in the Congressional Record under the names of different members of Congress.

Genentech, a subsidiary of the Swiss drug giant Roche, estimates that 42 House members picked up some of its talking points - 22 Republicans and 20 Democrats, an unusual bipartisan coup for lobbyists.

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WHY NOT? The Lobbyists WRITE the Bills and then Pay the Reps.

big $$$ to push them through and vote without reading and having an open honest debate and cast their vote based upon the wishes of their constituents! NOPE, they are voting on what is best for their owners, the big corporations that OWN them and hire the lobbyists to write the bills! Doesn't that sound a bit like "TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION"?
If the Republican talking heads don't get their acts together and nominate Ron Paul as the Republican Candidate in 2012, there WILL be a REVOLUTION against the Republocrat party and they will cease to exist!
I just wonder what kind of dirty tricks they'll try this time around!
RON PAUL 2012 - the ONLY choice for a FREE country!

"If virtue and knowledge are diffused among the People, they will never be enslaved. This will be their great security."
-Samuel Adams-

They will try to marginalize him again

..he is too big of a threat to thier gravy train. I expect the GOP will put up the same old players. Romney, Huckabee, Guilianni ...ughhh!!

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"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd