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Sen. Reid defends lobbyists: ‘They work for a living.’

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who helped pass legislation in 2007 to limit the influence of lobbyists, invited top lobbyists to join him for an inaugural brunch Monday where he pledged that he will still do plenty of business with them:

Lobbying shops that have been previously dedicated to serving conservative interests are now turning bipartisan. “Barack is a bipartisan, nonpartisan type of guy,” said Morris Reid, BGR’s new managing director and a longtime Democratic operative. “It’s important for the lobbying business to take its cue from the White House and become a bipartisan shop.” But still, “there’s a collective griping,” said a Democratic lobbyist, questioning the continued dominance of Republicans on K Street.

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