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NRSC to lobbyists: We love you more than Dodd does

Following up on a Politico report on how Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) bashing lobbyists as part of his latest email fundraising pitch, the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee (NRSC) sent out an alert to lobbyist donors today assuring them that the folks there appreciate the job they are doing:

For what it is worth, we believe you are doing your job, a job that is very much a part of the democratic process; to make sure Congress understands how proposed policy will affect their constituents, business and other interests around our country. I guess Chris Dodd just wants your financial support but not your company.

The NRSC has a good point: Sen. Chris Dodd has taken more than $400,000 since 2005 directly from lobbyists, ranking them number seven among his top giving industries. We're doubting Dodd's invitations to lobbyists for fundraisers like these use the same sort of pitch.

As for the NRSC, seems like the group is committing a veritable "Kinsley Gaffe, "the term used for telling the truth by accident." (Thanks to my colleague Bill Allison for the reference.) It's highly doubtful that the committee would be so open publicly about how much it values lobbyists.