A coalition of conservative lobby groups is pressuring House Republicans to keep moderates from controlling key panels in the next congressional session, according to The Washington Times.
GOP leaders are picking committee leaders for the Republican-led 112th Congress, which begins in January. Several large lobby groups have launched public campaigns against centrist candidates for leadership positions. For example, FreedomWorks opposes Representative Fred Upton (R-Mich.) serving another term as the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee because the organization believes Upton has not done enough to cut Federal spending.
A faction of more than 20 lobby groups has opposed Representative Jerry Lewis' (R-Calif.) candidacy to become the top House appropriator because of his past voting record of thwarting attempts to cut back wasteful appropriation bills. Lewis currently has a party-imposed term limit that is set to expire at the end of the year, but he has petitioned the House Republican Steering Committee to waive the rule.
According to the news provider, the American Conservative Union sent a letter to House Speaker-elect John Boehner (R-Ohio), which said that if Lewis is granted a waiver, "it would be a signal to the millions of independents and members of the Tea Party movement who took a chance on Republicans in the election, that you have ignored their message of change."
The American League of Lobbyists (ALL) recently released a new video that details the importance of the lobbying profession. The video, titled "Lobbying: Your Constitutional Right," explains the role that lobbyists play in demanding transparency, accountability and integrity from elected government officials.