NY Observer: ‘Foreign Governments Pay Former Senate Leaders to Sell TPP’

Tom Daschle, Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader and Nathan Daschle arrive for the state dinner in honor of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and wife Akie Abe April 28, 2015 at the Booksellers area of the White House in Washington, DC. The Japanese Prime Minister and his wife are on …
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The New York Observer reports:

In a scene all too typical in present day Washington, the culmination of Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, along with the push for passage of related legislation such as Trade Promotion Authority (or Fast Track) have set off a lobbying frenzy.

While liberal organizations and members of Congress deride the TPP as the biggest boondoggle since NAFTA and President Obama defends it as “the most progressive trade treaty ever,” the influence peddlers who populate K Street see opportunity.

Policy makers aren’t simply facing a lobbying barrage from the typical slate of domestic interest groups. Foreign governments are running sophisticated operations to influence Congress and gather intelligence in Washington as the negotiations proceed.

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