Wealth provides access to key government officials
Article: KEY SCHWARZENEGGER AIDE TOUTS ACCESS, HIRES LOBBYIST
Source: The Mercury News
Date: January 23, 2004
From the article:
- The political strategist who helped Arnold Schwarzenegger win last fall's governor's race by positioning the actor as an incorruptible outsider is now capitalizing on his own insider access.
Mike Murphy, who remains one of the governor's top political advisers, is expanding the West Coast operation of his firm, DC Navigators, which has hired a lobbyist and is touting its links to Schwarzenegger.
''With strong relationships on Capitol Hill and inside the Bush and Schwarzenegger adminstrations, Navigators can provide access to the highest-level decision makers in Washington and Sacramento," the company boasted on its Web site until late Thursday.
After the statement on the Web site was flagged by journalists, DC Navigators changed their Web site. However, they did not change their practices. Today there are hundreds of companies that "provide access to the highest-level decision makers in Washington," and there are tens of thousands of lobbyists on Capital Hill. Most of these firms and lobbyists focus solely on the needs of wealthy corporations and individuals, because the wealthy are the ones who can afford these services.