For Nation's 2,000 Registered Lobbyists Northwest Arkantas TIMES, Sunday, July 7, 1974 Â· PAyiTTCVILLE. AHKAN1AS __- 7B Petitioning Congress: A High Art Form WASHINGTON (AP) -- An-| drew Biemiller. chict; lobbyist for the; AFL-C10, was teslifying before . a House Committee recently on legislation in which organized labor had an interest. Rep. Clement J. Zablocki, D- Wis., was a member .of the Â·.Committee; , ' .- ' I "Congressman Zablocki ..'." ''Biemiller began in his gravely .voice. ' . . Â·''.. "Andy," the congressman in- "terrupted, "why don't you call me Clem like you always do." " A n anti-labor lobbyist wit ''iiessed the-exchange. '.. "My. guys tell me that poor son'of a 'gun jumped out of his Â·:skin when Clem said thai," ^chortles Biemiller. ' And chortle he might. Gooc old Clem had served wilh good Â·'old Andy when Andy was Con- gressman-Biemiljer, also a Wis consin Democrat. "I helped get him elected,' .Biemiller nolcs in passing. ; "It's just the kind of thins ..politicians do for each olher. .mean, you're part of Ihe club all's that simple." Biemiller, 67, is indeed part o "the club. Some mrght say he' iresident. He is one of nearly .000 registered Washington lob- yists, a band of men and vorrten who have advanced the il Amendment's right to pe- ition Congress to a high art brm. But the . very word lobbyist conjures up vision of Dita ieards, laundered money, milk ndustry . campaign tions, oil company contribu- influence. "When I go back home and :ell people I'm a lobbyist, It's much the same as saying I'm a Dimp," says one lobbyist who nelieves devoutly In anonymity, REVISION SOUGHT At least seven bills are before Congress to revise the 1946 la\\ which still regulates lobbying A chief revision would require lobbyists to keep logs of whom they see, why they are seeing them and who is paying them for their efforts. The 1940 law specifies only registration ant listing of ^expenses. .Even in the nation's capital where everyone knows whal ev eryone else is doing, there are eumhemisms for lobbyists "legislative laiason man," Icj islative counsel," "vice pres:' dent in charge ot government elaUons." On the other hand, elected of- icials speak frankly about tne nvaluable role the lobbyist of- en plays. Mike McPherson, administrative assistant to Rep. William Clay, D-Mo., gave an [lustration: "When there is any education bill up, the National Education Association is,, of course, vitally nterested. They're as knowledgeable about any education act as any membe rot the committee. They're able to bring information we don't have. They have resources not available to us in terms of statistics: field interviews, the results ol existing legislation. They bring important insights into the op eration. They know whether 01 not a piece of legislation needs to be continued or whether w e ' r e just spinning wheels." Â· . The good lobbyist, according But the name of the game good connections and ex- ertise. .Take Charls (sic) Walker. He's got both, he hung out his onsultant ago, and ined up; to Biemiller, will present th oppositions' viewpoint -- with of course, arguments to refut it. ANYONE CAN PLAY Almost anyone is free to lob shingle 18 months = blue-chip America General Motors, 'ord, Procter Gamble, Allied Jhemical, General Electric, Alcoa and Bethlehem Steel, to name a few, Â· Nol thai these giants ' were without lobbyists. But they vanled the. Walker touch, and lie Walker connection. He was an undersecretary of the treasury; the man who per sonally fired G. Gordon Liddy in 1972 from his job as Treasurj Department lawyer. Walker's a Republican and a man who once prompted Lyndon B. John son to refer to him admiringly as an "S.O.B. with elbows." He also was a 'Treasury De partment official under Dwigh Eisenhower and close friend are o n . t h e House. Ways and means'and the.Senate Fin-anc. Committees. : "Superiobbyist?" he asks "Thais another one of thos exaggerations. We just try an o r k lients." Nearly efficiently or our everyone seems to .gree that the 1946 lobbying law till in force is a poor one. "There were never any earings on it," says Milton mith, chief counsel for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 'It was tacked on to a congres ional reorganization bill . . Nobody is even sure who wrote t and nobody paid any atten- ion lo it." Periodic attempts have been made to pass a new law. Unti Watergate, no one showed much ntercst. Sen. Robert Stafford R-Vt., for ; example introduce; reform legislation several years ago. But no one came to the icarings on his bill, and it dice irom neglect. , "Not even the League o Women Voters seemed t care," Stafford said. CLIMATE CHANGES In the climate of Watergat morality, Stafford- has re-sub milted his reform bill. Sen Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., ha introduced another, similar bi and Ihere were five before th House at Ihe beginning ummr. Lobbyists, in interviews, say he 1946 law is so vaguely orded that the requirements o register and to list expenses robably could be bypassed, he reform legislation would emove the vagueness, as well s requiring lobbyists to keep gs of their daily contacts and heir sources of income. The public thus would be able o know how much time and money went into influencing a ipecific piece of legislation. Common Cause, which listed ;934,835.67 for lobbying expenses last year -- the highest of all lobbies -- strongly supports eform' legislation. Good lobbying often is a n.ues- ,ion of knowing when to do precisely the right thing. Take ;he congressman who had just lad the same operation as George Meany, president of the AFL-CIO. In fact. Mcany had helped Ihe congressman gel the same doctor and had called with cheer and advice. Afterwards, Biemiller, the lobbyist, called. The congress man had voted "no" on a land reform bill once before. After small talk. Biemiller got down to business. "What I really called you about is to ask whether you could give us a 'yes' vole on that issue." The congressman snswercd: "Since you asked, yes." That doesn't happen often," Biemiller says. "And I'd never ask anyone to vote with ma as a maltcr of friendship." Sometimes you don't have to ask. . fx-w SCIENTIFIC CALCULATOR To Pace Of Modern Chinese Life Traditional Story - Telling TAIPEI, Taiwan' (AP) -How do you unwind after a 'hard day in the rice.paddies? With a tale of red-blooded ad- venluire or thrilling passion at ; the local story-telling hall, of ''course. 'Â· But you'd better hurry, Â· be- -'caiise the. pace 'of modern- life ^-and the television industry are Â·'hurting the traditional Chinese entertainment so badly that'sto- f ry-tellers in Taiwan predict its I collapse within 10 years, j Until war and industrial- i ization began remaking China J at the start 'of this century, sto- Â· ry-tellers with their stock ol 1 memorized lore were : one of the few entertainments of China's 'arming millions. But since the 1949 Commnuist revolution, travelers say, the story-tellers . have evidently been supplanted in China by government or party propaganda teams that stage musical or dramatic productions with a message more immediate than legends of bygone heroes. The 1949 revolution didn't spread to Taiwan, however, and the story-telling halls lived on, supplying tea and almosl endless talk to all comers. Or at least they did unti recently, when the increasing speed of Taiwan's industrial zation began catching up with hem. BUSINESS DROPS "Since television came, our business has dropped by much more than half," complains Tsai Chiu-lai, who started telling stories 14 years ago in South Taiwan. He now works in Taipei's "culture story-telling hall," established 29 years ago. Located in a battered building next to one of the market areas in the city of two million, the "culture story-telling hall" is the last oi dozens of such halls the city had only 10 years ago. "Watching television at home s free and more comfortable," Tsai admits, "and also it's got sound effects and sets. 'But most important, people are busier now. They just don'I lave time to come in for three lours a day," which is what it :akes for one installment.- And a good story can run daily for three weeks or a month. The story-telling halls can still be seen often in Taiwan's countryside, but even there television is making inroads on the routine of cenluries. Most halls have three shows a day,' each an installment of a different story told by a different person. The cover charge is 26 cents, which includes the story, a pot of the house tea and the right to take off your shoes and stretch out in an old cane chair. " FEES COLLECTED Sharp enough businessmen, the hall owners collect their fee halfway through each performance, as the story-teller weaves his tale above the- hum of the fans, and' an assortmenl of Ihe finer noises and odors of Ihe markel outside. One story-teller who has made t h e ' switch to modern times is Huang Chung-yi. A story-teller for 12 years, Huanj began recording his stories anc r, DILLARD'S - Â» "a-we *", Â·*--r f *, %~ .*Â»*"*",, "flt^"^^"* ~"^F* ^~X ^ * *Â«"Â»Â· * f ~ " 1 f ., iÂ«3ul-^Â£ ni*f'f * J - -$-Â£-?' S ^--^, ,,1," - * -A r---Â· ' *' A * 1 -~ ..Â«~-*-~.k..t -~ t-' Â·Â· selling them to radio stations Â·seven years ago. .Eleven radio stations now roadcast his tales -- which he records in a studio at his home and his daily televised sessions that began early this year have one o! Taiwan's higher television ratings. Huang's sets, makeup, lumes and props make it impossible for the individual halls to compete with him, and they really don't try. "Now we mostly get older and -poorer people, and we get fewer of them every day," laments Tsai. Hand Held, AC-DC Power, 8-Digit One Full Year Warranty Eleven Scientific Function Keys UNBELIEVABLE j 95 NORTHWESTERN TYPEWRITER CO. $ 99' 46 W. Township Ph. 521-1264 Fay. Dl Office Fruitwood Or Maple Finish! Here's A Way To Fight Inflation .. . Ratner of California ORIG. $115 SAVE 51.07! Organize is the key word with either of these two beautiful desks. They have deep file drawers with folders. Full key lock. 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