K Street / Gucci Gulch (CongressionalGlossary.com)

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K Street / Gucci Gulch

K Street NW, in Washington, DC. By Ben Schumin, Wikimedia

K Street NW, in Washington, DC. By Ben Schumin, Wikimedia

Colloquialisms for Washington, DC, lobbyists.

K Street is taken from K Street NW in Washington, DC, where many lobbying firms are located. K Street is definitely “inside the Beltway.”

Gucci Gulch has several meanings: K Street; all lobbyists collectively; and “the nickname for the corridor outside the hearing room of the United States Senate Finance Committee … where the nation’s smoothest and most highly paid lobbyists, dressed in expensive suits and shiny Italian shoes, await decisions on legislation that will mean millions and sometimes billions to their clients.” (description from a review of “Showdown at Gucci Gulch” by Jeffrey Birnbaum and Alan Murray.) Also seeShakedown at Gucci Gulch: A Tale of Death, Money & Taxes,” by Edward J. McCaffery and Linda R. Cohen.

Senate Finance Committee, 111th Congress

Also see Capitol; Petition; Pennsylvania Avenue; Lobbying and Advocacy.






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