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North Iowa lobbying team arrives in D.C.


This news story was published on February 16, 2012.
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by Matt Marquardt –

A team of North Iowa lobbyists arrived in Washington, D.C. Wednesday.

The lobbyists, (pictured in U.S. Representative Tom Latham’s office on Capitol Hill) include Mason City City Administrator Brent Trout, Mason City Mayor Eric Bookmeyer, EDC Director Brent Willett, Robin Anderson of the Mason City Chamber of Commerce, and others.

The trip is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, now said to be the largest lobbying organization in the country.  A source close to the situation told NorthIowaToday.com that red scarves are required to be worn by everyone who takes the trip to Washington.  (Rep. Latham is only person in the above photo not wearing the scarf.)

“The chamber is going to Washington to promote their agenda,” another source told NIT.  “They are using the clout of local elected officials to gain access to higher ranking politicians in Washington.”

According to a page at Rep. Latham’s office, the lobbyists’ meeting with Latham focused on jobs issues, the uncertainty on tax structure and burden on small businesses.  They also discussed completed projects like the Ventura marsh dredging.

The group is in Washington lobbying for federal dollars for North Iowa.  They will be meeting with other politicians.

NIT will report on what, if any, dollars the group procures from the trip, which ends Friday.

 

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18 Responses to North Iowa lobbying team arrives in D.C.

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    sijr Reply Report comment

    February 17, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    The country is going to hell in a handbasket…and here are these clowns holding out their tin cups. And we have a city sitting on $5 million plus begging for the bandrupt feds to give them a handout!

    HA…good move…we did the same…Temp today was 80, property taxes last year were $312.00 and the people actually smile and greet you! What a life!

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    dog day afternoon Reply Report comment

    February 17, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    He making sure no one takes his beer.

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    b Reply Report comment

    February 16, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    what’s bookmeyer staring at? Is there a beer sitting in that chair?

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    Greg B Reply Report comment

    February 16, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    They look like idiots!!! hahhaa where did they get those ridiculous things???

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      Watcher Reply Report comment

      February 16, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      Did you read the article? You must be a Playboy reader.

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    Echo Reply Report comment

    February 16, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    I dont believe the mayor or a employee of mason city should be attending a lobbying trip for a group that does not represent the majority of our concerns. The chamber is only worried about issue that will give them more of our money. City officials are not suppose to be fair and impartial how can they be when the chamber is wining and dining these two guys. I just wonder if this is the only pay off these guys get from the chamber.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 16, 2012 at 5:53 pm

      I think they make this trip every year and so do most other communities seeking funds. I think they got a bunch of money several years ago for the water treatment plant.

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      anonymous Reply Report comment

      February 16, 2012 at 6:35 pm

      ” City officials are not suppose to be fair and impartial ” Really? I think they most certainly are! Review what you wrote. I really think you didn’t say what you meant.

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        Echo Reply Report comment

        February 16, 2012 at 6:40 pm

        u r correct it suppose to say city officials should be fair and impartial. I dont believe Bookmeyer or Trout should be accepting anything from any lobby group.

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    ha Reply Report comment

    February 16, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I moved away to avoid paying for a town that is doomed. Real fair to try and make the rest of America have to sink more tax dollars into a hopeless community.

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      gullie Reply Report comment

      February 16, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      Worry about your “new” community and leave us alone as we are doing just fine without people like you.

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        ha Reply Report comment

        February 16, 2012 at 8:27 pm

        And people like you are why MC’s population is declining.

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    Publius Reply Report comment

    February 16, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    I feel sorry for Latham having to be surrounded by all those creeps!

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      happy Reply Report comment

      February 17, 2012 at 10:46 pm

      Publius, Latham is one of the biggest creeps in the picture!!!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 16, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Nice Scarves

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    taxpayer Reply Report comment

    February 16, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Creepy! Will NIT report also on how much money they spent out there?

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      Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

      February 16, 2012 at 1:49 pm

      Sounds like the Chamber covers the trip, I’m not sure if the city, county are kicking in. I will try to find out. Thanks for asking.

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        anonymous Reply Report comment

        February 16, 2012 at 6:33 pm

        In past years, each entity has paid for their people. Pretty sure the City will cover Trout’s expenses. Dunno about Bookmeyer.