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INFLUENCE GAME: Election over, campaign continues

WASHINGTON (AP) — The election may be over, but a new campaign is being waged in the nation’s capital as lobbyists, advocates and trade groups fight to shape the government’s response to the looming fiscal cliff.

This time around, the TV commercials, newspaper ads and letter-writing campaigns are directed at politicians rather than voters.

What do they want?

In this climate, many lobbyists and advocates are simply trying to limit the damage as Congress and the White House look to higher taxes and spending cuts to slow the government’s mushrooming debt.

In other words: Don’t raise my taxes; don’t cut my funding.

On the other side, members of President Barack Obama’s own deficit commission are lobbying him and Congress to reduce government borrowing by $4 trillion over the next decade.

Associated Press


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