"'If you want me to tell you that our money buys us a vote on a particular bill at a particular time, I say: `Screw You,` it doesn't,' according to a prominent lobbyist for one of the regional telephone companies. "'However, if you ask me, `Do we get better access because of a couple of $1,000 checks?` I'll guarantee you that two grand gets us in the door and gets our telephone calls returned before Joe Blow from the home office,' he said. 'And it sure as hell gets our calls returned before yours.'" - Brock Meeks, _CyberWire_Dispatch_, 2nd issue of 11/08/94

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