When is a Lobbyist-financed Junket not a Junket?

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"When is a Lobbyist-financed Junket not a Junket?"

When, as Brian Beutler points out, the junket is organized by a 501(c) 3 organization affiliated with a lobbying organization rather than by the lobbyists as such. As Beutler notes, the major beneficiaries of this loophole are the Aspen Institute, which I think legitimately isn’t a lobbying group, and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee which, self-describing as “America’s pro-Israel Lobby,” clearly is a lobbying outfit.

My assumption, though, is that AIPAC won’t be alone among major lobbying groups for long, and that lots of trade associations are going to be developing a newfound interest in establishing not-for-profit “educational” institutions in the near future.

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