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In the spirit of risk management, the Washington Community Action Network made quite a scene giving out “lobbyist pandemic kits” during last week’s meeting of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, while President Barack Obama made news by unwisely skipping his planned speech on implementation of his health care reform legislation, even though he was already in town to raise funds for the Democrats.

The protesters were a hoot, disrupting the NAIC’s State Government Liaison Committee meeting by yelling about an “infestation of lobbyists” in the room, giving out their pandemic kits (which included masks to protect attendees from “inhalation of lobbyist lies” and a clothespin to “combat lobbyist stench”) and quickly exiting before security could arrive.

Meanwhile, about 60 of their colleagues were camped outside of the Washington Convention Center, handing out the kits to meeting attendees as they left the building, according to our reporter on the scene, Mark Ruquet.

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