Great to speak with Laurel Rosenhall of the Sacramento Bee for this one.
There’s nothing inappropriate about professional persuaders offering
their skills to advance a personal agenda, said Jessica Levinson, a
professor at Loyola Law School with expertise in political ethics.
the phenomenon is “part of a bigger story about lobbyists having a seat
at that the table that the rest of us just don’t have,” she said. In
many cases, campaign donations from lobbyists’ clients help get them
that seat at the table, creating the potential for what Levinson called a
“I wish for a world in which it’s not just the lobbyists who can bring their pet projects to the legislators,” Levinson said.