Monday, December 27, 2004

Sometimes Lobbyists' Advice Really Is Priceless (

Sometimes Lobbyists' Advice Really Is Priceless ( "Sometimes Lobbyists' Advice Really Is Priceless
By Jeffrey H. Birnbaum
Monday, December 27, 2004; Page E01
Katherine D. Brodie's good deed began with sushi and green tea. She and a colleague went to lunch at Sakana Japanese Restaurant near DuPont Circle with a member of the Seneca Nation of Indians. Hundreds of hours of pro-bono lobbying later, Native American museums around the country stood to receive a half-million extra dollars a year.
Brodie and her cohorts at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP pounded the hallways on Capitol Hill until they found allies in the offices of Sens. Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.), Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), among others. After many months, they forged a provision in law that allocates to small, underfunded tribal museums a portion of the money dispensed each year by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal grant-making agency. "

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