(Paying) Lobbyists Attending Private Party Retreat

Rollcall: “Republican lawmakers from the House and Senate came to Hershey for a joint retreat, to get on the same page and get away from Washington for a few days. But they won’t be getting away from lobbyists.

“Quite the contrary, actually. According to a GOP lawmaker who requested anonymity to speak more candidly about the retreat, lobbyists — “for those who paid enough, I guess,” the lawmaker said — will be meeting with House Republicans later Thursday, once GOP senators have left after 5:30 p.m.

“According to the member, plenty of House Republicans are scratching their heads at that decision. ”What are lobbyists going to be doing up here?” the member said.

“The president of the Congressional Institute, Mark Strand, who is part of the planning for the GOP retreat, told CQ Roll Call it was ‘not true’ that House Republicans would be meeting with lobbyists at 5:30 p.m. Apparently, there are breakout sessions at that time. But Strand did confirm that ‘private sector supporters of the institute, some of whom are lobbyists, will attend a reception and dinner later tonight.'”

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