The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is holding hearings on "waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer dollars"; topics include Iraq reconstruction, Homeland Security contracting, and prescription drug pricing. Companies called to testify are "scrambling to hire lobbyists with Democratic ties," reports Bloomberg. Among pharmaceutical companies, Pfizer hired Glover Park Group, AstraZeneca hired Venable, and Roche hired William Clyburn, the "cousin of the House's third-ranking Democrat, Jim Clyburn of South Carolina." The biotech firm Amgen hired the Duberstein Group and Lent, Scrivner & Roth. Among military contractors, Halliburton hired Patton Boggs and Halliburton unit KBR hired Akin Gump Strauss, "whose partners include Democratic former House Speaker Thomas Foley." And "two former Justice Department officials who have formed their own lobbying firm," Mark Corallo and Barbara Comstock, are advising Blackwater USA, as well as "oil and drug companies."
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