Congressional Earmark Ban Changes Business on Capitol Hill
July 2, 2012
While the U.S. congressional earmark ban has not eliminated earmarks, it has changed the way business is done on Capitol Hill, moving it into the shadows and making it difficult for watchdog groups and lobbyists to figure out what’s going on.
“I don’t think people realize how much the earmark ban has changed the way things operate on Capitol Hill,” said Michael Herson, president of American Defense International (ADI), a Washington defense lobbying firm.
It has increased the power of the committee chairs, made it more difficult for small- and medium-sized businesses to have their needs addressed, and changed the way research and development projects are decided, industry and congressional sources said.
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