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|THE REAL WASHINGTON DC AT WORK....AFTER HOURS!HUFFPOST CRASHES REPUBLICAN SENATOR'S SHADY LOBBYIST PARTYJust for fun, the Huffington Post decided Tuesday night to crash a dinner party for Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.). It was one of many fundraisers happening every day for different politicians around town. The event's location was listed on the Sunlight Foundation's website, www.politicalpartytime.org, as a townhouse just a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol.
The three-story red brick house, appraised at over $1.3 million, is owned by Mark Curry, according to the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue. Curry is chairman of the board of the Online Lenders Alliance, a trade group for Internet payday lenders. The Sunlight Foundation calls this building the "OLA Townhouse."
The Huffington Post asked Bob if he'd share any info about the event.
"Just that Clint Robinson's here," said Bob.
Robinson is a lobbyist for Research in Motion, maker of the Blackberry. The firm's lobbying expenditures total $414,972 for 2009. The Sunlight Foundation lists as the event's hosts Dan Gans, Ward White, Bryan Cunningham, and Frank Cantrel, all of whom share an interest in telecommunications.
Isakson is a member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and the subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet.
Finally, the senator arrived. The Huffington Post asked him who was attending his fundraiser.
"I haven't seen the list," he said.
What kind of people, then?
"It's people interested in America and democracy and peace and the economy," he said. "Thank you for your time."
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