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Street Talk: Best Spots to Find Members, Staffers

The group sponsors kickball, dodgeball, volleyball and flag football as well as parties, happy hours and other social outings.

“There are a ton of staffers that play,” one Hill-aide-turned-lobbyist said.

4. The Dubliner, 4 F St. NW. Lobbyists say that if you’re looking for senior aides — and sometimes Members — the Irish pub can be a pot of gold.

“Whenever I go there, I run into all kinds of old staff,” one GOP lobbyist said. A veteran Democrat concurred that it’s a place to catch folks who have been around the Capitol for decades.

5. Capitol Nails Salon, 201 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Located one block from the Hart Senate Office Building, getting a manicure and pedicure and potentially seeing a Hill aide or Member makes for a K Street trifecta.

While this spot obviously skews toward the female crowd, keep in mind that when he was in Congress, Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-Fla.) was known to stop in for a pedicure.

Still, not all lobbyists find the pursuit of Members and their aides any fun. Christine Sequenzia, a lobbyist who worked for an animal welfare group that had no political action committee, said that as a nonprofit advocate, she had to get creative in finding spots to have one-on-one chats with lawmakers.

That “pay to play” atmosphere, she said, shouldn’t exist. “Members and staff should be much more accessible to the average Joe,” she added.

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