In a trend so rich in weirdness it deserves a John Prine song, D.C. lobbyists are hiring homeless people to stand in line for them in order to get coveted seats at key hearings. The practice – complete with a
website – gives money and stature to people who desperately need it,
while using them to facilitate policies that often
work against their interests.
"I'm a part of something today and I'm very happy about that,"
says Williams Howard Johnson Jr., in line since midnight for a 10 a.m.
climate-change bill hearing.