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"Scandal of the day: a businessman in Congress"

Mike Thompson represents California's 1st District in Congress. The District has a healthy concentration of vineyards, so it is not surprising that Thompson supports deregulation that would benefit wineries, including ending restrictions on direct interstate sales of wine. But one of those vineyards is a 20-acre affair owned by Thompson (which made him all of $18,000 last year), and the New York Times is shocked, shocked at the conflict of interest. But why stop there, Larry Ribstein asks: "Are there any lawyers in the House who write laws that benefit lawyers? Even if the House members aren't practicing law now, might they be interested in doing so in the future?" Surprisingly, this hasn't drawn as much attention from the Times.

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Rafael Mangual
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Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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