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Obama’s not the only critic of lobbyists

Patrizio di Marco, chief executive officer of Gucci, whose fine loafers and apparel were famously linked to Washington lobbyists. (Simon Dawson/Bloombeg)

And many Americans believe the Gucci Gulch crowd and all those political contributions are what makes all those special interest groups so successful and, well, special.

Now it appears lobbyist-bashing is not just an American pastime but a worldwide hobby.

Take, for example, a recent article in the Buenos Aires Herald where Argentina’s ambassador in Washington said lobbyists were promoting a global trade war.

The comments apparently were triggered by recent tension between Argentina and the United States and European governments over barriers to Argentine fruit, beef and biodiesel.

Ambassador Jorge Arguello told reporters that global trade disputes “are agitated in an. . . irresponsible way by some lobby sectors, especially from developed countries,” the Herald reported.

Surely no one from Washington?

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.


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