A top House Republican is demanding an investigation into whether the more than $2 billion for national parks in the House stimulus package is proper in light of the fact that the chief lobbyist for the National Parks Conservation Association is the son of House Appropriations Committee Chairman David R. Obey.
NPCA is a major player in advocating for national parks funding, and its senior vice president for government affairs is Craig Obey, son of the Wisconsin Democrat who has long been his party’s top Appropriations Committee member.
The money included in the stimulus bill that passed Mr. Obey’s committee – $2.25 billion – was about equal to the National Park Service’s total yearly budget, and would be a staggering increase and almost three times the $802 million that the Senate Appropriations Committee approved for park spending in its stimulus bill.
I’m sure the relationship has nothing to do with this. The senior Obey probably just noticed that there was a couple of billion dollars laying around, and being a tidy man, he thought it had fallen out of the Park System budget. (It was in the area) He was just trying to put it back where he thought it belonged.
Actually, I’m sure that Congressman Obey probably had no idea that his son worked as a lobbyist. You know how Democrats frown on people using family connections in government. Look how they shut out Caroline Kennedy. And Obama said that lobbyists are non grata in Democrat Washington.
It was probably just an unfortunate mistake of the kind that happens in Washington every day…or seems to these days.