This Wednesday evening, if you’re going to be walking along North Capitol Street in Washington D.C. around dinner time, you might want to consider walking on the sidewalk across the street from Johnny’s Half Shell, the Washington D.C. restaurant where politicians and influence peddlers meet to exchange ideas and envelopes filled with cash. This Wednesday evening, starting at 6:30 PM, there’s going to be a lot of compressed gas in that restaurant.
It’s at that time that Congressman Jeff Denham is scheduled to arrive at the restaurant, to attend a party being held in his honor. He’ll receive a good deal of money from a good deal of people at that party. The money, and talking about the legislative interests of the donors, is the purpose of the event
The influence peddler supreme of the party will be Kathryn Lehman. She’s the official “host” of the party – and a registered lobbyist with the firm Holland and Knight, where she has recently worked for the Compressed Gas Association.
Kathryn Lehman started out in politics in the 1990s, working for the ethically-challenged Tom DeLay and Newt Gingrich. She has since discovered that there’s more money to be made working for corporations, so she’s traded in on her political contacts and now roams the halls of Congress working to influence U.S. law on behalf of her corporate clients.
Lehman has many more clients than just the people who bring us compressed gas, of course. Last year she was a lobbyist for companies including AirGas Incorporated, American Chemistry Council, Amscot Financial, Dow Chemical, Intelsat Holdings, Ocwen Loan Servicing, Praxair Incorporated, Sapphire Energy, and Verizon.
Wouldn’t you like to know what these corporations will be asking of Jeff Denham on Wednesday night, after they pass him their envelopes of money? There’s only one way to find out: You have to pay the big money to attend. Anyone have that kind of spare cash on hand?