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Pat Anderson — who dissed lobbyists — becomes one

Pat Anderson, the former state auditor who was unsuccessful in her bid this year to get that job back, has shown contempt for lobbyists in the past but now says she’ll become one.

The Strib’s political blog says she’s emailed supporters about her plan to become “an independent lobbyist for conservative ideas … I will push causes that establish fiscal sanity, and make government less intrusive in the lives of Minnesota families and businesses.”

And she addressed her previous thoughts about the profession:

“During the campaign I was asked by a group of lobbyists what I thought of lobbyists. I replied somewhat facetiously ‘The problem with lobbyists is they exist.’ I still believe that. But the problem isn’t with lobbyists themselves; the problem is that our current ‘big-government’ system creates the need for them.”

Comments (8)

  1. Submitted by Sheila Ehrich on 12/23/2010 - 12:58 pm.

    And who is hiring Ms. Anderson? Would be nice to know who’s putting up the bucks for her efforts to “establish fiscal sanity and make government less intrusive”. Will she continue to work on voter ID? Lots of questions just jump to one’s mind when you see a story like this.

  2. Submitted by Hénock Gugsa on 12/23/2010 - 12:59 pm.

    ‘The problem with lobbyists is they exist.’

    I recently watched a movie called “Casino Jack.” It’s about Jack Abramoff, and he is excellently portrayed by Kevin Spacey. It is highly instructional(as well as entertaining.) I strongly recommend it to everybody.

    It is a wild guess but I think that the first and probably only rule of “lobbyists” is: In all things, lie to yourself first!

    Once you have convinced yourself that a lie is a truth, you’ll be well on your way to success. Apparently, Ms. Anderson is already on board here!

  3. Submitted by Fritz Dahmus on 12/24/2010 - 07:42 am.

    Ms. Anderson has always been a “small” government-type. This is nothing new. She is simply stating that the size of government draws professions such as lobbyists. Their is too much money to be ignored, and everyone wants a piece of it! It is good business! You want to get rid of lobbyists, get rid of large government and its large expenditures. That is all she is saying.

    Politicians are not required by law to listen to all lobbyists. After all, organizations like Green Peace and Education Minnesota employ lobbyists. Are these the lobbyists that come to mind…when we think of “lobbyists”??? Not every lawyer is a scumbag and not every lobbyist is a liar.

    The real discussion here (and Ms. Anderson would agree), should be about the role of government in a free society and therefore its subsequent size. She promises to be a lobbyist for a small, less-intrusive, fiscally responsible government that would allow individuals and businesses to operate encumbered only by people’s freedom to choose and thus self-regulate….all this under a minimum of necessary (and existing) laws and regulations imposed by a small government.

    According to the last election….over half the people in this country would hire (if they could) a lobbyist that thinks like Pat Anderson. The new Minnesota Republican House and Senate might even listen…..right after they build the Vikings their palace. Ok, maybe they wouldn’t listen….but personally I’m glad Ms. Anderson is talking!!!

  4. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 12/24/2010 - 10:08 am.

    Somehow, due to the “small government” efforts of liberservatives like Ms. Anderson, the rich get richer, often through no-bid government contracts through which government functions, formerly run quite efficiently and at comparatively low cost by government agencies, are privatized so that taxpayer funds can go to support dividends to investors and outrageously high CEO compensation (which is why “shrinking the size of government” by privatizing government functions ALWAYS costs us taxpayers more).

    But, hey, why should we allow the government to help the poor and needy without giving the rich and greedy a sizable cut of every dollar we spend?!

  5. Submitted by Hénock Gugsa on 12/24/2010 - 11:37 pm.

    After all, organizations like Green Peace and Education Minnesota employ lobbyists. Are these the lobbyists that come to mind…when we think of “lobbyists”???
    Actually the two you have mentioned as well as some others lobby Congress on their own. I do not believe they hire big lobbying firms to do the work for them. Green Peace and Education Minnesota do not do quid-pro- quo deals with politicians, and hence actually have harder time getting the ear of even a few.

    The lobbyists that come to mind (when we think of “lobbyists”) are those shark-like automatons whose sole interest is the financial remunerations they will be reaping. Everything is just “bisiness” to them, nothing is personal. It is unfortunate that they call what they are doing, “lobbying.” But because they are such good liars and corrupters, they continue to thrive. Examples are lobbying firms that represent the Oil industry, or Pharmaceuticals, or Banks, etc., etc.

    But in the large scheme of things, lobbyists will not be doing what they are doing if the door hadn’t been opened to them in the first place by the politicians in power. So, in essence, the fault (“Dear Brutus”) lies with the p.i.p.

    At any rate, and in summary, that Ms. Anderson is zipping into lobbying from politics (“the revolving door”) should get the alarm bells going for all concerned.

  6. Submitted by William Pappas on 12/25/2010 - 08:04 am.

    Pat Anderson is no dummy. She sees the mother lode of cash that is now being showered on political causes let loose by the Citizen’s United case. The Minnesota Chamber now has the cash to increase their lobbying efforts or even to bring law suits against the MPCA on behalf of foreign mining corporations. Pat sees a vein of gold there and will no doubt mine it by providing “small government” solutions that simultaneously allow obscenely huge CEO compensations that are less susceptible to taxes. Boy, she’ll really be in there working for the average Minnesptan to keep our government from having to offer affordable tuition, good roads and bridges, a more efficient health delivery system for the poor and fair taxes on the most wealthy among us. Gosh, she’s great isn’t she, and how about her double speak?

  7. Submitted by Jackson Cage on 12/28/2010 - 03:45 pm.

    That’s some funny stuff you write Fritz.

    Under your logic, every pacifist should enlist in the army. Every pro-lifer should volunteer at Planned Parenthood. Every environmentalist should work for BP. Heck, there’s too much cash to be ignored and everyone wants a piece of it! That is all you’re is saying.

  8. Submitted by Jim Nelson on 01/01/2011 - 03:33 pm.

    Ms. Anderson needs to brush up on her history. Lobbyists have been around since almost the beginning of the Republic. It was not big government that created them or the “need” for them.

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