With all the talk about a big economic-stimulus package, tax lobbyists figured their phones would be ringing off the hook. But so far, they complain, demand for their services has been slow. Many companies and trade associations are hiring lobbyists to keep them up to date, but few are signing up talent to push for their specific wish lists on Capitol Hill. With money tight, they're waiting for details of tax proposals to emerge later this month. One exception: The real estate industry is gearing up to win new tax breaks for home buyers and commercial developers.

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