By Dave Levinthal, Center for Public Integrity capitolcash

The lobbyist, like Philip MorrisValuJet and the World Wrestling Federation before him, died today.

He was 150 years old, give or take a decade, the victim of relentless pejorativation and transmogrification. Naysayers who believed he too often abused the right to petition his government for a redress of grievances hastened his demise.