BUSINESS
11/23/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

DGA Bans Federal Lobbyists From Fundraiser

Federal lobbyists are decidedly uninvited to the Democratic Governors Association's $5,000-a-plate October fundraiser, according to the National Journal's Under the Influence blog.

In exchange for getting President Obama as the the event's speaker, the DGA has barred federal lobbyists from attending the Washington, DC event. State lobbyists, on the other hand, are still welcome.

Under the Influence reports that the event will likely raise $500,000 and that the DGA receives plenty of contributions from companies that hire lobbyists such as Motorola and Eli Lilly.

"I don't know what the difference is between a state and federal lobbyist," said one K Street Democrat who has expressed ongoing frustration at being barred from attending events hosted by organizations he has given money to, but " I guess we are radioactive."

More here.

-- Jenna Staul