“Although the excesses of Jack Abramoff have captured the news, a wide range of other practices — rarely publicized and fully legal — reflect the steady dismantling of the wall between lobbyists and members of the House and Senate. … L. Sandy Maisel, director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement at Colby College, said … ‘Congress as an institution now defines as ethical actions that would be derided elsewhere in society.'”