Politico reports that senior Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are trying to sell lobbyists for the energy and telecom industries on the idea that the Republicans will take over the House and make the world even safer for robber barons.

Forty or 50 lobbyists met with Rep. Joe Barton at the National Republican Club on Wednesday. Technically, the event wasn't billed as a fundraiser, but the agenda was clear:

“[They said] you should be giving us money because we're going to be in charge," the [industry] source said. "We'll ensure there is no climate bill. But at the same time, they think they'll build nuclear plants and more clean coal."

The K Street Project has risen, it has risen indeed.

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