Los Angeles Times: Garcetti’s India nomination has stalled. So his parents hired lobbyists to help him
Many Washington, D.C., lobbying firms have a minimum monthly retainer of $10,000 or $15,000, but some firms charge $50,000 a month, or occasionally more, said Beth Rotman, director of money in politics and ethics at Common Cause, a good-government organization.
She likened Garcetti’s parents to a couple that shells out to get their child into a top school.
“It’s a bit like when the parents hire the most expensive coach they can find to get them into the most expensive university,” Rotman said. ...
“Lobbyists know how to move the wheels,” said Common Cause’s Rotman. Lobbyists have relationships with specific lawmakers and may represent multiple interests or help raise funds for the lawmaker, making sure that their clients donate, she said.