The Top 10 Lobbying Victories? Let’s Share the Credit

Kevin Bogardus at The Hill has one of those fun list-based stories that will soon sweep through end-of-the-year journalism, “The Top 10 lobbying victories of 2010“:

Looking back over 2010, several companies, business associations and public interest groups racked up significant lobbying victories, despite going against the White House and powerful lawmakers in both parties.

1. U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers, National Mining Association

Business groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and the National Mining Association helped inflict a series of body blows to the big cap-and-trade bill that narrowly passed the House in 2009. The lobbying effort against the bill helped thwart one of the Obama administration’s three major legislative priorities, alongside the reforms of healthcare and financial services.

Cap-and-trade sputtered in the Senate amid resistance from Republicans and conservative Democrats. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) did not even bring a scaled-back version from Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) up for a vote. Shortly after the GOP gains in the elections, Obama admitted that cap-and-trade would be off the table for years to come.

Thanks for noticing! Still, let’s remember that trade associations represent members. In the NAM’s case, that’s some 11,000 member manufacturing companies, other business groups and state organizations. It’s these members, speaking by themselves and through the NAM, who raised serious, legitimate and well-documented objections to the disastrous economic impact of cap-and-trade legislation.

And the NAM’s victories and defeats all come from exercising the Constitutional rights guaranteed to the people:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

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