Wednesday :: Jan 18, 2006

GOP Lobbying Reform A Sham


by Steve

Want to see why the House GOP’s version of lobbying reform is all smoke and mirrors, as introduced yesterday by the corrupt Denny Hastert?

Lawmakers are about to bombard the American public with proposals that would crack down on lobbyists. Several prominent plans, including one outlined yesterday by House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), would specifically ban meals and privately paid travel for lawmakers.
Or would they?
According to lobbyists and ethics experts, even if Hastert's proposal is enacted, members of Congress and their staffs could still travel the world on an interest group's expense and eat steak on a lobbyist's account at the priciest restaurants in Washington.
The only requirement would be that whenever a lobbyist pays the bill, he or she must also hand the lawmaker a campaign contribution. Then the transaction would be perfectly okay.

Democrats will come out with their own proposal today that will go farther than any pathetic, transparent garbage from the GOP.

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