Congressmen as ventriloquiests’ dummies:
New York Times, Nov. 14, 2009: "We were approached by the lobbyist, who asked if we would be willing to enter a statement in the Congressional Record. I asked him for a draft. I tweaked a couple of words. There’s not much reason to reinvent the wheel on a Congressional Record entry."
– STANLEY V. WHITE, chief of staff for Representative Robert A. Brady of
Pennsylvania, one of dozens of lawmakers who used speeches
ghostwritten by a biotechnology company during the
health-care debate in the House.