Rehberg to Lobbyists: ‘I have to rely on you to tell me the information’

Congressman admits his agenda puts lobbyists ahead of Montanans

BILLINGS, Mont. — Congressman Dennis Rehberg admits that he relies on lobbyists to give him information about key issues, proving he values lobbyists more than Montanans.

In a speech to the American League of Lobbyists, Rehberg also says he sees lobbyists as the solution to the nation’s economic challenges.

“I rely on you guys to tell me the information,”Rehberg says in a newly released recording of his speech to the League of Lobbyists. “Many of you (lobbyists) are part of the solution—are part of turning this economy around and ending the recession.”

“Dennis Rehberg is so out-of-touch with Montana that he has to rely on D.C. lobbyists for information,” said Montanan’s for Tester spokeswoman Alexandra Fetissoff. “Congressman Rehberg’s record of wrong priorities and his support for special interests tell us exactly where his priorities are–in Washington, not Montana.”

Rehberg hid $25,000 in campaign contributions he took from lobbyists in 2011.

In his speech, Rehberg also said he believes lobbying is an “honorable profession” and that choosing a career of lobbying over politics would have been “smart.”

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