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  My free advice to Dan Lipinski
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Last EditedRP  Nov 15, 2007 07:02pm
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MediaNewspaper - The Southtown Star
News DateFriday, November 16, 2007 01:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionU.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski wanted to set the record straight - about consulting fees he paid his father, about the All-American Eagle Fund, about his staff's salaries.

After our conversation, however, Lipinski only showed the record can't be straightened. It's too crooked.

That's what you get when an elected official's father is a well-connected lobbyist and they try to work on the same issues, separately. You've got Dan Lipinski, a congressman, promising to bring a Central Avenue underpass to Bedford Park and serving on the House Transportation Committee, while his father, former U.S. Rep. William Lipinski, collected fees from Bedford Park as a paid consultant to lobby specifically for the underpass.

Dan Lipinski says his father did not, and does not, lobby him directly. But they do talk. In fact, Dan Lipinski paid his father, nominally, as a consultant two years ago. But they don't discuss the elder Lipinski's clients, and there is no lobbying that takes place, according to the Congressman.

See how this gets messy?
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