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Restaurant owner Perry Moy started lobbying "inside theBeltway" for the same reason many other small-business ownerssuddenly start prowling the Capitol's corridors. Someone inWashington ticked him off. In Moy's case, it was Sen. PaulSimon (D-IL), who told Moy, owner of the Plum Garden restaurant inMcHenry, , that Moy was overreacting to the Clinton healthreform plan.

Moy and his mother started the Plum Garden 32 years ago. But by1990, Moy was beginning to feel he had a silent partner: thefederal . He got involved in the Illinois RestaurantAssociation, then the National Restaurant Association. In 1994, Moycame to as part of that association's annual publicaffairs conference, which included a "Day on the Hill"meeting with congressional representatives.

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