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Lobbying the Homeland

There’s money to be had, if you know where to look. President Bush’s proposed budget for the Department of Homeland Security allocates $350 million in new funding for the research and development of security-specific projects, in addition to $373 million for technology investments that address border security. Technology and R&D companies are clamoring for their share of the pot. And they’ll do whatever it takes. Companies that have used lobbyists to get defense contracts from groups such as Congress’s armed services committees are now adding the DHS to the list. Some companies are taking a different route and bypassing lobbyists altogether. Instead, they are looking internally—to their own sales force—to prove to the government that they deserve funding. Still others have chosen to outsource, hiring PR firms to do the lobbying dirty work for them. Full Story

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