Lobbying

Old Washington hands know that anything you put on paper will somehow make its way to an opposing lobbyist. So it's surprising that James C. Mooney, president of the National Cable Television Assn., laid out in a memo to the group's board his strategy for fighting efforts to regulate the industry. His approach: persuade Senators to support a weakened bill while quietly working the White House for a veto of even the watered-down version. The memo fell into the hands of the rival National Association of Broadcasters, which used it to craft countermoves in the ongoing fight.

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