Outside of the traditional rumblings about congressmen selecting lobbyists to lead their staff despite campaign promises to the contrary, K Street is pretty quiet this time of year. Here are some things we did find interesting this week:
- Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R-Alaska) re-election seems ethereal: she lost the primary election, but went on to win in the general contest as a write-in candidate. There is some speculation that her campaign was bolstered greatly by the changes in finance laws that took place over the last year. “Super PAC” Alaskans Standing Together raised over $1.7 million toward Murkowski’s campaign, in 38 days to push the incumbent senator to the front of the race.
- Lady Gaga has again gone on the offensive against DADT, issuing a new video encouraging the Senate to repeal what she calls an “archaic” policy.
- The Wikileaks era may mean more opportunities for lobbyists to represent foreign governments, “not in the traditional lobbying role, but more communications strategies,” Roll Call reports.