Tobacco, Oil, Bank Lobbyists Crowd Dem Senators' Retreat

Miami guest list doesn't quite jibe with anti-'fat cat' rhetoric
Robert Menendez (NJ) center, and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (Mich) left, were among the Democratic senators rubbing elbows with lobbyists at a Miami retreat over the weekend.   (AP Photo)

(User Submitted) – Lobbyists for some of the industries most often blasted by Democrats—oil, big tobacco, banks—made up a good chunk of the guest list at a Miami retreat featuring a dozen Senate Democrats. A $30,000 contribution to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is typical, reports Politico, which scored a copy of the guest list; among the senators in attendance were Robert Menendez (NJ), Carl Levin (Mich.), Claire McCaskill (Mo.) and Bernie Sanders, a nominal independent from Vermont.

Attendees had access to the lawmakers at “informal” mixers Friday and Saturday, plus receptions, briefings and dinners both nights.

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