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Failure to Register as a Lobbyist

Anyone who has been reading this blog for awhile knows that I don’t hold lobbyists in contempt. I believe that lobbyists, like other paid professionals, fill a necessary role in our society. With that said, I do find Martin Heinrich’s failure to register as a lobbyist disturbing:

The Heinrich campaign does not dispute that the candidate was paid by the Coalition for New Mexico Wilderness, Zia Pueblo and Sierra Club to advocate for the federal designation of the Ojito Wilderness, for example, but does maintain that he was not legally required to register as a lobbyist.

Explain to me, how that is possible? How is it possible that Martin Heinrich was paid to lobby, but not required to register as a lobbyist? Why is he exempt from following the same laws as everyone else?