Lobbying is what Washington does, or at least what Downtown Washington does. K Street always finds a way.
(From Government Executive)
“Behind the scenes” work is a gray area in government lobbying and legal circles, allowing former government officials to help clients navigate federal processes and relationships without violating conflict-of-interest laws. “There’s always been a question about what’s permitted as far as communication before the federal government and what’s permitted behind the scenes,” Canter said.