When is a lobbyist not a lobbyist?
Apparently, the distinction must be clear to those who are handling campaign finances for 8th District Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson.
Rep. Emerson's quarterly report showed 15 people, who either are lobbyists or who work for lobbying firms, yet not one of them has "lobbyist" listed as an occupation.
Some are listed as attorneys, others as that old favorite "governmental services" while others are presidents, vice presidents, and partners, all accurate, legal descriptions undoubtedly, but not a hint of that evil word lobbyist can be found anywhere.
The 15 contributed $10,230 to Team Emerson, according to the FEC documents.
One of those listed was former Sen. Bob Dole, the 1996 GOP presidential candidate, who works for the law/lobbying firm of Alsten & Bird. Dole is listed as a "special counsel."
The lobbyists who contributed to Rep. Emerson included many who work for banking and health care interests, and one who works for General Motors.