Lobbying is usual in Washington and in Brussels. Not in Italy, where it is even against the law. Italian political parties receive controversial public funding also to ensure that they are not vulnerable to lobbying.
Last week, however, a parliamentary officer revealed to an investigative TV show that many MPs are regularly paid by lobbies and multinational corporations.
Mr Pietro Grasso, the President of the Italian Senate and a former prosecutor, said that he will immediately start an internal investigation, and that any relevant fact will be passed to the judiciary.