The Washington Post's unique genre: 'That pattern we never told you about, of corporate lobbyists favoring Democrats, is ending'

Dan Eggen, the Washington Post's guy on the lobbying beat, is a good reporter, with a bad habit. He repeatedly writes articles about how some big business lobby is no longer tilting Dem — without ever having let us know it was tilting Dem in the first place.

The result is a string of stories leaving the same false impression Barack Obama has worked so hard to cultivate (and which Eggen is too dialed-in to buy wholesale) that K Street and big business are decidedly pro-GOP.

Today, Eggen has a piece headlined “With Republican as leader, Obama-friendly Business Roundtable may become less so.” Eggen writes:

Engler's appointment suggests a potential shift in emphasis for the Business Roundtable, which represents top corporate executives and had parted ways with the Chamber of Commerce and other major business groups in supporting President Obama's health-care overhaul legislation….

So the Roundtable might be moving to the Right. But Eggen this is the first time Eggen has let us know they ever were “Obama friendly.” Eggen and colleague Michael Shear briefly noted in July that the administration has “reached out to other groups, such as the Business Roundtable,” never describing the Roundtable's response.

The other time Eggen noted the Business Roundtable: “As head of the Business Roundtable — an association of chief executives of major U.S. companies — Castellani has opposed most Democratic legislative initiatives, including the health-care overhaul. But he has managed to do so without alienating adversaries.”

Then there was the time Eggen folded the Roundtable into this piece: “Financial, business interests step up lobbying against overhaul bill.”

Other items in this Eggen genre include “Wall Street shifting political donations to Republicans” — because in the fourth quarter of 2009 Wall Street only slightly favored Democrats. Eggen had never let us know about Wall Street's jaw-dropping favoritism towards the Democrats. I reported at the time:

the Securities and Investment Industry, Wall Street, gave 63% of its money to Democrats, improving on the Democrats' majorities from the 2006 and 2008 cycle when Wall Street gave Dems 52% and 57% of campaign cash. In fact, the numbers for the 2010 cycle so far are the most one-sided numbers we've seen from Wall Street as far back as records go.

As gravy, say the top three Wall Street recipients are all Democrats, and 8 of the top 10 are Democrats.

In the end, Democrats raised more from Wall Street than Republicans did. That didn't show up in the Post either, as far as I can tell.

Beltway ConfidentialUS

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

A construction worker watches a load for a crane operator at the site of the future Chinatown Muni station for the Central Subway on Tuesday, March 3, 2021. (Sebastian Miño-Bucheli / Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Major construction on Central Subway to end by March 31

SFMTA board approves renegotiated contract with new deadline, more contractor payments

The Ferris wheel at the Golden Gate Park Music Concourse located near de Young Museum and California Academy of the Sciences on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. (Samantha Laurey/Special to S.F Examiner)
Golden Gate Park Ferris wheel wins four-year extension

Despite concerns raised by environmental group and many residents, San Francisco’s 150-foot… Continue reading

(Shutterstock)
SF distributes vaccine priority codes to city schools

San Francisco has received its first vaccine priority access codes from the… Continue reading

Charles Joseph, who is represented by the San Francisco Public Defender’s office, is facing deportation to Fiji. <ins>(Courtesy photo)</ins>
Giving immigrants a second chance after incarceration

Legislation would allow some faced with deportation a chance to challenge their old convictions

The San Francisco Police Department released body camera footage of the alleged assault on Dacari Spiers. (Via SFPD Body Cam)
SF police officer to stand trial for assault over baton beating

A San Francisco police officer who prosecutors say unnecessarily beat a man… Continue reading

Most Read