An article in today’s Washington Post says the Nationals are concerned that they are no longer going to be able to sell expensive box seat tickets to big balla’ lobbyists looking to wine and dine greedy members of congress.
Nationals President Tony Tavares says the team has sold 100 fewer ticket plans for the upcoming season, thanks to lobbyists who are nervous about doing their dirty business in public.
Tavares told the post:
Washington, D.C., thrives on the lobbying business. It’s been part of the landscape here for a long, long time. And it’s pretty important to our team and our new stadium.
An emerging bill in the Senate would effectively prohibit members of Congress from accepting tickets to major D.C. area professional sporting events from registered lobbyists.
This is all a bit of Jack Abramoff fall-out. And certainly D.C. could use a little less lobbying and a little more governing. But can we still call it America’s past time if there isn’t any lobbying going on?