While money and politics watchdog groups applauded the new ethics law signed by President Bush last week, bigger cheers rang out in the tight-knit community of lawyers who are experts on campaign finance and lobbying regulations.
“I seem to be very popular these days,” said Ken Gross, who heads a team of political law experts at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. “I’ve been on the run, giving presentations all week long, some back to back to back.” Next week, he takes his show on the road to Las Vegas, and the following week he’ll be appearing in corporate offices in Massachusetts and Texas.
Jan Baran, who leads a similar group at Wiley Rein, said he’s booked “for the foreseeable future,” and requests continue to come in for the longtime veteran whose presentations also include jokes — for no extra fee. “We’ve got to get the money out of politics somehow, so we might as well hire a lot of lawyers and accountants,” he quips.