Nazi Party Gets First Lobbyist on Capitol Hill

A member of the American Nazi Party has joined the ranks of lobbyists on Capitol Hill.

John Bowles, 55, said his official status as a lobbyist was something the 53-year-old party planned to "try out for the first time and see if it flies."

"I always tell my fellow Americans that they need to practice their constitutional rights or their rights will one day be eroded," he said. "Lobbying is one way to do that, to try to get your point across to the elected officials in Congress."

Bowles said some of the key issues he hopes to speak with lawmakers about include ballot access, unemployment, immigration and budgets.

"I'm not going to go in and shove a swastika in their face," he said. "I use a very careful and objective approach. There might be some congressmen who crumple up the paper and some who say 'this is interesting.'"

The newly minted lobbyist said he won't use derogatory language and was open to working with all members of Congress.

"If they don't hold my politics against me," he said, "I won't hold anything against them."

Join the Discussion
blog comments powered by Disqus
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
PHOTO: A man uses an electronic cigarette in this undated file photo.
Martina Paraninfi/Getty Images
PHOTO: Iraqi Kurdish female fighter Haseba Nauzad, 24, and Yazidi female fighter Asema Dahir, 21, aim their weapon during a deployment near the frontline of the fight against Islamic State militants in Nawaran near Mosul, Iraq, April 20, 2016.
Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters
PHOTO: President George H.W. Bush and his son President George W. Bush have no plans to endorse Donald Trump, their spokesman told ABC News.
Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage/Getty Images; Tom Pennington/Getty Images; David McNew/AFP/Getty Images
PHOTO: A wildfire moves towards the town of Anzac from Fort McMurray, Alberta., On May 4, 2016. Alberta declared a state of emergency Wednesday as crews frantically held back wind-whipped wildfires.
Jason Franson/The Canadian Press/AP