"If you represent special interests, I can seat you immediately."
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"Hey, the Constitution isn't engraved in stone."
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"We'd like to promote the concept of a nontraditional Thanksgiving."
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"I own one plane, two yachts, four houses and five politicians."
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"What about business - which branch is that?"
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"Absolutely. When I'm elected, all you'll have to do is whistle."
"Congressman, our people would look upon it favorably if you were to oppose any additional sin taxes."
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"The whole time I served in the US congress, I dreamed of exactly this: being a wealthy lobbyist sitting here with you."
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"Oh, those are the lobbyists who get us our government subsidies."
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"It's either this or a country run by lawyers."
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"Do your owners treat you well? Mine are very kind."
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"So from now on, the rabbi, the priest and the minister all walk into a pharmacy, O.K.?"
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"No deal. My lobbyists have everything under control."
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"A very special interest to see you, Senator."
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Mitch McConnell's office issues his position on gun control.
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"Of course it would be a different story entirely if we could extract crude oil from stem cells."
"When you say campaign-finance reform, is that with or without an asterisk?"
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"Some of it is soft and some of it is hard, but the main thing is that all of it is money."
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"I appreciate your offer, but I'm afraid I'm already bought and paid for."
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"Does the N.R.A. know about this?"
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"We may need a clearer message."
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"Please welcome Big Alcohol."
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"Still, you've got to applaud the transparency."
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"What the hell, Senator - let's cut to the chase."