Chicago Tribune | By Andrew Manatos
March 7, 2006

Many years ago, a lobbyist I knew wanted to thank a U.S. senator for casting a vote that benefited his client. He took a briefcase of cash to the senator’s office and offered it to him behind closed doors. The senator waved the gift off, saying that he cast his vote because it was in the best interests of the American people, not because he expected any gain for himself. As the lobbyist was leaving the building, he was stopped by a young staffer. The senator, the staffer said, had sent him to find the name of the lobbyist’s hotel. Later that night, he would pick up the “package” the lobbyist had for him…

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