Disclosure documents show that tea parties organizer, head of FreedomWorks, and former Rep. Dick Armey lobbied in regards to the stimulus plan. The documents don't indicate what the lobbying consisted of, but there's certainly a fair possibility that he wasn't lobbying to reduce the amount of the stimulus.
Both documents are available as PDFs from thinkprogress.org/2009/11/20/armey-read-the-bill and are from DLA Piper LLC, a firm with which Armey is apparently not currently associated. Both are from the first quarter of 2009:
1. The Medicines Company (makers of Angiomax and others) gave DLA Piper $590,000 for "Issues related to the Hatch-Waxman Act; H.R. 1, The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; H.R. 1105, Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009; H.J. Res. 38, Continuing Resolution of 2009; H.R. 1106, Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009; H.R. 146, Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009." There are eleven lobbyists listed, including Armey and his former congressional staffer Jean Campbell.
2. Cape Wind Associates LLC gave DLA Piper $30,000 in regards to "Legislation and policies affecting wind energy. H.R. 1, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, provisions on taxation. Legislation affecting renewable energy." Five lobbyists are listed, including Armey and Campbell.
On a sidenote, ThinkProgress concentrates on Armey revealing that he hasn't read the healthcare bill despite commenting on it. One should be able to comment on it without reading it, but that shows how asking, "did you read the bill?" can be used against those who use that as an attempt at an argument rather than doing things in smarter ways.
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