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Santorum’s K Street Whitewash

By Judd Legum

"Santorum’s K Street Whitewash"

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Today, Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) denied that his Tuesday K Street Project meetings were designed to secure lobbying jobs for Republican congressional staffers and other loyalists. Santorum claimed the K Street Project “has not been about putting pressure on people to hire individuals. We never did that. We don’t do that and we wouldn’t do that.” Watch it:

Apparently, he is the only one who is confused about what was going on at his own meetings:

And Santorum’s Tuesday meetings are a crucial part of that effort. Every week, the lobbyists present pass around a list of the jobs available and discuss whom to support. Santorum’s responsibility is to make sure each one is filled by a loyal Republican–a senator’s chief of staff, for instance, or a top White House aide, or another lobbyist whose reliability has been demonstrated. After Santorum settles on a candidate, the lobbyists present make sure it is known whom the Republican leadership favors. “The underlying theme was [to] place Republicans in key positions on K Street. Everybody taking part was a Republican and understood that that was the purpose of what we were doing,” says Rod Chandler, a retired congressman and lobbyist who has participated in the Santorum meetings. “It’s been a very successful effort.”

The first step to recovery is acknowledging the problem. Santorum has a long way to go.

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