K Street Project
The K Street Project was a Republican initiative in which lobbying firms were denied access to GOP contracts if they did any business at all with Democrats. It was launched in 1995 by Republican strategist Grover Norquist and House majority whip Tom DeLay; Karl Rove, Jack Abramoff, and Rick Santorum were also reportedly involved (more information needed).
|Zorgon the Malevolent commented, on Contrary Brin on 2008-09-12:|
...under Jack Abramoff, the Demos were completely shut out of access to any lobbyists at all on K Street? Over the last 8 years Rove/Abramaoff/DeLay laid down the iron law: any lobbying firm that wants to offer money to Repubs will get shut out of capitol hill hard if it tries to represent any Demo causes at all. That's unprecedented. It completely locked institutional corruption into the Repub half of the aisle of capitol hill, and it starved the Demos of campaign money. To claim "they're all corrupt" in view of the K street operation of the last 8 years, tacitus2, represents an absolutely mind-boggling inversion of reality. Over the last 8 years K street turned into a corrupt lobbying machine which worked solely and exclusively on behalf of Repub causes, with Demos totally shut out by deliberate policy of DeLay & Abramoff. ... even if the Demos had wanted to become politicaly corrupt and get into bed with lobbyists over the last 8 years, it was not possible for them to do so because of the DeLay-Ambramoff Repub monopoly on dealing with K street lobbyists.