Aw: Lobbyists frustrated by difficulties in influencing Super Committee

“Anyone who tells their client they have figured out how to influence this process is either lying — or you should hire them,” said Joel Johnson, a managing director at the Washington lobbying shop The Glover Park Group and a veteran of the Clinton White House and Capitol Hill…

“It’s going to be very hard to penetrate at the member level because they have a lot of work to do and they are not going to have three hours a day to meet with advocates on certain issues,” Johnson said.

“And they will probably want to shield themselves.

“It’s absolutely on an unprecedented scale. … It will touch every industry, every spending category. This has not happened before. So everyone is in the position of determining the art of the possible in terms of influencing the outcome.”

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