The joke around legislative plaza these days is that a lot of lobbyists at the General Assembly are “coming out of the closet.” Since the Republicans have taken overwhelming control of both the House and the Senate, some lobbyists have been explaining that they have always been Republicans, but only pretended to be Democrats for years on end.
There is a flier being circulated at the capitol to counteract this thinking. It is called “True Colors” and lists prominent lobbyists and their activities supporting Democrats—party positions held, Democratic campaigns they have run, Democratic staff jobs. It includes a list of campaign contributions for a dozen lobbying firms with their percentage of contributions going to Democrats. The percentages range from 78 percent to 100 percent in contributions to Democrats.
The message seems to be that Republican legislators need to listen to Republican lobbyists.