The "Donate" button isn't just the bottom line on emails....
This story from the Hill is hilarious and sad in so many ways:
Some lobbyists say they are extremely frustrated with the White House for criticizing them and then seeking their feedback. Others note that Democrats on Capitol Hill constantly urge them to make political donations.
One lobbyist said, “Bash lobbyists, then reach out to us. Bash lobbyists [while] I have received four Democratic invitations for fundraisers.”
Many on K Street are exasperated with Obama’s use of lobbyists as a punching bag. Some have said they understood why he used strong rhetoric on the campaign trail but are irritated the White House solicits their opinions while Obama’s friends in Congress badger them for political donations.
So what's worse? Lobbyists pretending they're offering "opinions" instead of paying for services?*
Or the service providers constantly upselling and not staying bought?
Or, reading between the lines, the Chicago-style clumsiness and thuggishness of the White House fundraising operation?
UPDATE * As Yves says, "They think their role is legitimate." Just made the rounds of the access bloggers. Oddly, or not, no links...