'Swamp-Dwellers' In Full Panic Mode Over Lack Of Trump "Access" - "A Lot Of Lobbyists Are Scrambling"

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The lobbying game is simple.  The first step is to work on "The Hill" for a while to build up your sphere of relationships and influence.  Of course, you don't have to work in an elected capacity, being a high-level staffer for a prominent Senator or Congressman is more than sufficient.  Then, after you've hobnobbed with enough people on The Hill to be deemed worthy, you get recruited by a lobbying firm just down the road that's willing to pay you several multiples of your government salary in return for peddling your newly acquired influence.  And, so you join the lobbying ranks where your sole mission is to peddle your influence to rake in millions of dollars from wealthy special interests. 

But, in 2016, there's just one problem: Trump.  For the past 12 months Trump has toured the nation telling his voters that he has every intention to "Drain The Swamp" in Washington D.C. and lobbyists are the epitome of everything that regular Americans see as broken with the system. 

Needless to say, the prominent lobbying firms of Washington D.C. are in full-on panic mode.  As BuzzFeed notes, presidential transitions are typically business as usual for the lobbyist because "normal" administrations are staffed with Washington insiders.  But, that's not the case with Trump.

And while control of Washington shifts between parties will normally mean some reshuffling of the lobbyist deck, most on K Street are good enough at the long con to have solid relationships on both sides of the partisan divide to stay busy through the lean times.


But at least in the early stages of this year’s transition, Trump and his crew are turning that pattern on its head.


“The reality is that right now, Trump world is very small so access is very limited,” said Kyle Downey, president of Downey Communications and a veteran Republican strategist.


“Anybody who says they know how this going to work is kidding themselves, and their clients,” said a lobbyist with a bipartisan shop. “A lot of lobbyists are scrambling, because the biggest issue is access.”


The transition reset, combined with the relative neophytes running the show, have led to hair pulling on K Street. “Normally, you flip the switch, and the next day you know who’s going to be doing what. You don’t know with Trump. And that’s part of the problem,” a Democratic operative said.



Ironically, while most lobbyists are panicked over Trump's victory, Heather Podesta (sister-in-law to Hillary's former campaign manager, John Podesta) was among the first to reassure wealthy clients that her firm's "access" was solid.  Nice try, Heather...we're not buying it and we suspect your "clients" aren't either.

Increasingly on edge are Democratic lobbyists. One of the most powerful Democratic lobbyists in Washington, Heather Podesta (whose former brother-in-law John Podesta ran Hillary Clinton’s failed campaign this year) wrote in an email to unnerved clients that their hard earned influence dollars were will still be well spent with her firm.


“Let’s connect soon about working the lame duck, making sure you’re engaging the transition team in the right way, preparing for the inauguration, and actively participating and shaping the first 100 days of a Trump Administration and the 115th Congress,” Podesta wrote in the email obtained by BuzzFeed News.


Podesta, who also raised huge sums of money for Clinton as a bundler, adds that Republicans “Robert [Hoffman] and Amy Swonger are actively working with the Trump transition team, and Robert’s been advising transition staff on ways to best engage the tech sector on policies that would be of mutual interest.”


“Amy and Robert will be a great resource, with an eye toward building even additional resources and value in the months ahead,” Podesta added, before closing the email, “Laura will be in touch to set up a call or meeting.”

Of course, actions speak louder than words and only time will tell if the Trump administration will follow through on their promises to "Drain The Swamp" in Washington D.C.  While cutting off "access" to influence-peddlers is a great step, true long-term, fundamental change will require Trump to also follow through on his promise to set term limits for politicians.  The only way to truly change the "dollars for access" game is to prevent D.C. insiders from staying on the Hill long enough to build the kind of influence that is valuable enough to sell.

Drain the swamp

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LawsofPhysics's picture

LOL!!!  sure sure...


Wake me when I see guillotines taking some motherfucking heads...

Son of Loki's picture

Stephen Moore: ObamaCare Implosion Exposes Web Of Lies And Deceit

But there is another part of the story that needs to be told. President Obama's team and the liberal echo chamber lied about Obamacare from the start and covered up the financial time bomb that would soon detonate in Americans' laps. This was like Enron officials cooking the books to cover up financial fraud.


Anyone remember how Affordable Care proponents said that the system would pay for itself by using 10 years of revenue to pay for eight years of spending? Try that with a business and the feds will throw you in jail.


The only thing that has caught the left by surprise is that ObamaCare has burst into flames so much faster than even severe critics -- such as myself -- ever thought possible. ...





BaBaBouy's picture

Make Way For Some NEW Snakes...

DeathMerchant's picture

At least the new snakes will swim on top of the water.

letsit's picture

They're NOT new. They put him in power and have access to him.

Mano-A-Mano's picture
Mano-A-Mano (not verified) letsit Nov 18, 2016 1:57 PM

Can't become potus if they don't want you to.

CuttingEdge's picture

In other news...

Robert Hoffman and Amy Swonge, having been identified by another numpty Podesta as DNC=affilliated stooges, were seen leaving the Trump Tower by the garbage disposal chute.


Sound about right?

Manthong's picture


“'Swamp-Dwellers' … Lack Of Trump "Access"” -


That’s just deplorable.


European American's picture

And what TRIBE has had the greatest influence in DC. Fuck the Z's.

Keyser's picture

Fuck the lobbyist shills for corporate globalism... In my mind they are analogous to carpet-baggers that invaded the south after the Civil War to take advantage of the people... 

wildbad's picture

this is greater than great. he has already made a giant step toward making america great again.

the scoundrels are running. the dems are trying to keep the access scam going but will fold like a cheap cot.

trump will follow through

they will be selling k rations on K street soon.

long on housing around trump tower

nibiru's picture

Term limits, auditing the FED and Obamacare repeal - the rest is optional. 

Troll Magnet's picture

Just audit the damn Fed and disclose your findings.  I'll settle for that even if nothing else gets done in the next 4 years.

nibiru's picture

This (and not getting assassinated) would be a miracle compared only with the Founding Fathers' wisdom of embedding limited government and free market into the US Constitution.

froze25's picture

Term limits require a ammendment to the Constitution 

Nick Jihad's picture

We have term limits in California. Benefit to limited government?  None.

Matteo S.'s picture


This is the paradox Seneca explained 2,000 years ago. Concentration of power, monarchy, is the only way to have the right man in the right place to perform the right job. Monarchs, emperors, were popular because they were perceived (wrongly or rightly is not the point) as protecting the people against elites/aristocrats' abuse.
On the contrary, division of power has always been the favourite political regime of the aristocrats because it enables them to establish their oligarchic rule since no authority is strong enough to check their collective power.

The founding fathers that conceived the US constitution were not democrats. They were oligarchs that made sure that power and control would stay in the hands of the new oligarchy/aristocracy that just wanted to replace the british aristocracy in north America.

If you have any doubt just search for the 3 words "universal equal suffrage" in the US constitution. Just search for the dates when universal suffrage (just men, this is not about women's vote) was established in the USA member States.

new game's picture

nice to start seeing aligators in plain view taking half bodies for nurishment-feet first or head first-no preference. the irony of aligator skined shoes.

special k streets chump chomp tyme. lol, blood in the swamps, lol...

ohhh, that smell.

The central planners's picture

And a detente in funding terrorism in Syria and no more free cash for the jooz.

oncefired's picture

No.......Build the Wall and start Deporting. A couple High Profile Raids coupled with Welfare Cuts and they will all start Self-Deporting!

Keyser's picture

The excrement will hit the aircon unit long before the wall is finished... Just wait until funding is cut from all sanctuary cities... A wall will only slow down the illegals as they leave the US when Daddy Warbucks removes them from the teet... 

Akzed's picture

And close down the National Helium Reserve!

UnschooledAustrianEconomist's picture

Had to look that one up. Interesting stuff you got in the US.

Holy hand grenade of Antioch's picture
Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) Son of Loki Nov 18, 2016 1:42 PM


<--- K Street

<--- J Street


the 'lesser of 2 weevils' [choose wisely]


Holy hand grenade of Antioch's picture
Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) Yes We Can. But Lets Not. Nov 18, 2016 2:41 PM

Fascinating fact...


Notwithstanding, In 'PRACTICE', it appears to me that EVERY SINGLE FUCKING STREET in the District of Columbia is "J" Street

hxc's picture

Glad i decided to drink with lunch today. Never has the truth been more hilariously explicated.

LawsofPhysics's picture

Tit for tat...

Bush's necons lied about "weapons of mass destruction", so of course Obams's neocons lied about the ACA among other things...


Kill them ALL, start over.

lasvegaspersona's picture

A reminder...the ACA was 100% a Democrat project!

True the Rs did not do much to change it but now there can be no excuses.

slightlyskeptical's picture

They built Obamacare on a Republican created platform, modeled after John Kerry's plan. Still sucks, but I would be unable to get health insurance without it.

Moe Howard's picture

You are confused. The genesis I believe is Hillarycare -> Romneycare -> Obamaocare.

HowdyDoody's picture

The legislation was written by a HMO operative who revolved into a government position to do it then revolved back once it was done. It was and is CorporateCare.



Bumpo's picture

I love the rumors that Trump may not even live in the Whitehouse. That New York may be where he stations his Head Quarters. Guard the Tower in DC, but keep the bastards at bay while you DrainTheSwamp. Go get 'em, Donald.

Mr. Universe's picture

I don't know, would you want to live in the same house Barry and Michael just spent the last 8 years in?

Franktastic's picture

A whole lot of corn-holing between them two on the oval office desk in the past 8 yrs, I would steam clean it, and dip it in alcohol before I set my pencil on it...

Keyser's picture

It will take at least 4 years to get the smell out of the white house from the wookie and her brood... No way Trump will live there... Hell, even the Oval Office is under renovation and will not be available for use until 2017!!!

Freddie's picture

ObamaCare was the theft  of tens of billions.   Just like  the 9/11 bank heist.

Son of Loki's picture

..and don't forget, he called someone fat 18 years ago.

DaddyO's picture

All the headlines, all the bluster and rhetoric mean nothing at this point.

24 months from now will be the time to assess if the promise to the American people has been kept.

Mid terms anyone?


LawsofPhysics's picture

Correct.  Fundamentally, nothing has changed.  Bankers and financiers are still getting FREE MONEY and their political puppets continue to ignore the fraud that has been committed as well as the fruad that is ongoing...

BorisTheBlade's picture

It is the game of musical chairs and the old music is no more.

new game's picture

thinking possible glancing blow to iceberg. unsinkable, so they said. lol.

throw the gold overboard for a few moar minutes afloat, i heard the captain saying...

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Based on recent cabinet appointments, CAIR and Other Islamic organizations are going to be in for a rude awakening. Even more importantly, any Muslim who wishes to support Sharia over the US Constitution will be deported!!!

I am truly excited and looking forward to the changes.


By the way, the DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE who is a DESPOT with a REPROBATE MIND has a future date with justice.

Here is the list of US Codes that Hillary Broke!!!! There is no way out that would satisfy GOD (Romans 13:1-5) other than the complete exercise of justice. Government is there to serve and protect the people from the kind of people like HILLARY R. CLINTON and the CLINTON FOUNDATION. To not do so would go against GOD and that would be the outrage!! (Isaiah 5:20-23)

18 U.S. Code § 1905 - Disclosure of confidential information generally


18 U.S. Code § 1924 - Unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material


18 U.S. Code § 2071 - Concealment, removal, or mutilation generally


26 U.S. Code § 7201 - Attempt to evade or defeat tax


26 U.S. Code § 7212 - Attempts to interfere with administration of internal revenue laws


18 U.S. Code § 1343 - Fraud by wire, radio, or television


18 U.S. Code § 1349 – Attempt and Conspiracy


18 U.S. Code § 1505 - Obstruction of  Proceedings before departments, agencies, and committees


18 U.S. Code § 1621 - Perjury generally (including documents signed under penalty of perjury)


Son of Loki's picture

Hillary Tops 2016 Islamist List

Philadelphia — Oct. 20, 2016 — The Middle East Forum’s “Islamist Money in Politics” (IMIP) project is releasing the top-ten recipients of 2015-16 campaign contributions from individuals who subscribe to the same Islamic supremacism as Khomeini, bin Laden, and ISIS.

Hillary Clinton tops the list, raking in $41,165 from prominent Islamists.

This includes $19,249 from senior officials of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), declared a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates on Nov. 15, 2014.


The Joker's picture

You forgot ugly, lazy, and disrespectful.


mc888's picture

Well, you can take your fake god and fake bible and shove it.

The rest I agree with.