Lobbyists, we report, you decide. Poor lobbyists! They're people, too. They have feelings. And some of them (a very small proportion) look thanklessly after the public interest instead of the usual run of special pleadings for moneyed interests. Those moneyed interests are not in the business of bribery; their business is to fall just short of bribery.
Of course, blood 'n' guts McCain gets a prominent mention as a reformer of lobbying. Ha! At least CNN notices that he's on both side of this, too - strongly worded statements in bed with the very behavior they decry.
Watchdog groups say lobbying gets a bad rap because success in the profession is often heavily influenced by wealth and who wields it.Duh!