Well, there could be one truly recession-proof industry, at least in the nation's capital -- lobbying.
A watchdog group reports this afternoon that various interests paid Washington lobbyists $3.2 billion last year, more than any previous year and a 14 percent increase over 2007.
The Center for Responsive Politics says that's more than $17 million for every day Congress was in session, and that's even with corporations in the finance, insurance and real estate sector, and automotive industry slowing their lobbying spending overall last year, relying instead on trade associations to represent them.
It will be interesting what happens this year with the impact of President Obama's new restrictions on the revolving door between lobbyists and his administration.
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