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In House, many spoke with one voice: Lobbyists'

New York Times, November 16, 2009

In the official record of the historic House debate on overhauling healthcare, the speeches of many lawmakers echo with similarities—and that was often no accident, the New York Times reports. Statements by more than a dozen lawmakers were ghostwritten, in whole or in part, by Washington lobbyists working for Genentech, one of the world's largest biotechnology companies. The lobbyists, employed by Genentech and by two Washington law firms, were remarkably successful in getting the statements printed in the Congressional Record under the names of different members of Congress, the Times reports.