Lobbyists Bring Holiday Cheer to Lawmakers and Congressional Staff With Glitzy Parties

 | Lee Fang 12/08/2017 9:28 AM MST
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As lawmakers scramble to place the final touches on the biggest overhaul of the United States tax code in three decades, lobbyists hope to bring some holiday cheer with a lavish schedule of daily holiday parties and receptions for legislators and their staff.

The annual tradition of serving limitless supplies of free hors d’oeuvres and wine has gone on for years, uninterrupted by any administration or Congress, despite Democratic and Republican promises to crack down on special-interest influence.

Throughout Washington, D.C., this month, special-interest groups will be hosting scores of glitzy holiday parties. In years’ past, legislators, congressional staff, and government officials have been routinely invited to and attended these events.

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