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Ask Roll Call: Twitter Q&A Transcript

Roll Call is continuing Twitter Q-and-A sessions, and the latest edition was with Paul Singer, editor of Roll Call's reporting team that includes lobbying, ethics and investigations.

Since it was on Twitter, of course, his answers were kept to under 140 characters. A transcript follows.

 

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Roll Call's @ prepares to take your questions in 3, 2, 1 ...

 

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Welcome to our 6th Twitter Q&A w/ @ ! He is our editor handling investigations, lobbying & malfeasance. Has been here 4 yrs

 

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Thanks for all your questions ó let's get started!

 

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Q1! RT @: @ what effect is the budget fight having on lobbying activity?

 

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.@ Public sector groups (ports, etc) panicking, flooding Hill w/ prayers for relief. ^@

 

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We're taking questions for @, who, as @ puts it: "If you're a Member of Cong & he's calling you, be afraid:"

 

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.@ Remember also, budget involves EVERY interest group; all hoping the other guy gets axe ^@

 

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Q2! MT @: @ will the primary in be plurality or majority? (Too many candidates may split anti-Allen vote)

 

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.@ Simple majority, which is one reason George Allen team wanted primary not convention. ^@

 

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Q3! From inside the newsroom. You wrote about trendy Buy American push recently, did it pass?

 

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.@ No/was out of order during CR debate. Just watch, it'll be back. Congress <3's Buy American, can't do much 'bout it ^@

 

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Q4! MT @ Same Sex couples recognized by foreign diplomats/yet US citizens can't sponsor foreign born spouses.

 

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.@ In other odd consequences, House tried to recognize gay marriages 4 financial disclosure ^@

 

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.@ Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. ^@

 

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Q5! You did this Capitol Hill Money Map showing where the checks from big donors are sent: What does it show us?

 

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.@call You see the places Members go to make fundraising calls, turns out Cap Hill is a warren of dialing for dollars dens ^@

 

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Q6! RT @: @ @ What is the quickest way for a Member to become the subject of an Ethics investigation?

 

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.@ Short of sleeping w/ staff, paying family members always gets attention. Sadly almost no one gets in trouble ^@

 

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Q7! Will ex-Rep. Chris Lee face any sort of investigation?

 

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.@ No, Congress loses authority when you quit. That's why now-Gov Deal wasn't fully investigated ^@

 

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Q8! MT @: @ @ Are we surprised? (by members dialing for dollars)

 

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.@ No, raising money is generally job one for Members. This is why people argue for public financing. ^@
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