Tuesday, March 15, 2005

This Week In Lobbying

So I'm sure since you are a hard working tax paying citizen you got your many invitations to the fundraising events your politicians are holding this week in Albany. No? Me neither. But that doesn't mean we can't go and try to enjoy the food and drink, does it? How about Democratic Assemblyman Ryan Karben's $375 a ticket event? Does anyone who isn't a lobbyist even know who this guy is? All I know is that his Vote For Jobs New York grade is a C. This guy is from Pearl River. That is practically New Jersey. And he is going to get a bunch of people to show up in Albany and give him $375. Welcome to democracy in Albany. Let's see what his spokesman has to say:

"Assemblyman Karben approaches government with an open mind," said Karben spokesman Aaron Troodler. "At the end of the day, he makes up his own mind. It's as simple as that."

So Karben, about that C?

Anyway, there are going to be a lot of expensive parties held this week in Albany. And we weren't invited. But since this is a democracy, shouldn't we be able to go? Food, drink and a chance to talk to your elected representatives? Sounds fantastic. I recommend crashing these parties if you get a chance. Dress nice, practice your nodding and winking. If anyone questions you say you are with Cendant and there must be some mistake that you aren't on the list. Nod. Wink. Say, "yes, THAT Cendant". Laugh at your joke and head to the bar.