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Tim Carney: Cashing in: Lawmakers subsidize businesses, then work for them

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Byron Dorgan, when he was a U.S. senator, directed taxpayer money to clean-coal research. Elizabeth Gore, Dorgan's chief of staff at the time, registered last week as a lobbyist for the clean-coal industry. This is a standard way to make it in Washington: subsidize an industry with taxpayer money, and then cash out to take that industry's money as a lobbyist or consultant. Dorgan was...