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Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 07/17/2012

Congress issues advice on ‘How To Properly Terminate a Lobbyist’

Look out, K Street. (Jeffrey MacMillan - For Washington Post)
Shakespeare suggested killing all the lawyers, and others certainly have recommended the same treatment for lobbyists.

But just how to do that? We got some helpful instructions from no less an august source than the U.S. Congress. An e-mail sent Monday from the Clerk of the House and the Secretary of the Senate provided guidance on “How to Properly Terminate a Lobbyist.”

We immediately had a few ideas. Cement shoes to cover their Belgian loafers, for one...

But we quickly realized that said “termination” was a clerical matter, not a felonious one: the e-mail was intended to help those who must file under the Lobbying Disclosure Act, and it covered what to do when a lobbyist leaves a firm or stops lobbying for a particular client.

Which would make for a pretty dull episode of the “Sopranos.”

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