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February 12, 2016

Membership Has Its (Enduring) Privileges

An eagle-eyed Capitol Hill visitor spotted the vanity-plated Benz belonging to former Sen. Gordon H. Smith, R-Ore. — now head of the National Association of Broadcasters — cold-chilling in front of the Hart Senate Office Building on Wednesday.

(Courtesy HOH Tipster)

(Courtesy HOH tipster)

While one of our colleagues pointed out that the lobbying curbs adopted by the 110th Congress pulled the plug on certain alumni parking privileges, a Senate aide told HOH there are exceptions to the rule.

“I do know that a ‘former senator permit’ does exist,” the aide said of the courtesy extended to former pols.

Must be nice …

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  • karichisholm

    The question is: Is that a members-only parking space? (Also, what does “cold maxing” mean?!)

    3. A former Member of the Senate may not exercise privileges to
    use Senate athletic facilities or Member-only parking spaces if such
    Member is–
    “(a) a registered lobbyist or agent of a foreign principal;
    “(b) in the employ of or represents any party or
    organization for the purpose of influencing, directly or
    indirectly, the passage, defeat, or amendment of any Federal
    legislative proposal.

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