I just had the following conversation, which I am repeating word for word except for the redacted stuff.
CC: Hi, (lobbyist’s name,) it’s (CC) from (CC’s firm). I was calling to see if you were coming to our breakfast for (Congressman A) on the 27th.
Lobbyist: We don’t have any money for him, but we might do your reception for (Congressman B) later on in the week.
CC: I’m afraid (Congressman B) isn’t one of our clients.
Lobbyist: But, (CC), aren’t you with (CC’s firm’s big competitor)?
CC: Nope, I’m with (CC’s firm)
Lobbyist: Oh, yeah, sorry. I wasn’t thinking. Anyway, we can’t come to the baseball game.
CC: How about the breakfast?
Lobbyist: Sorry, we don’t have any money for him this cycle.
And we rang off.
I swear, talking to me must be like that sometimes.