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Editorial: Anyone remember lobbying reform?


Some editorials on the weakened lobbying reform bill headed for a vote in the House today.

"Do you remember, back when the spotlight was on Jack Abramoff, how House Republican leaders pledged to get tough on lobbyists? Well, you may; apparently they don't. The House plans this week to take up the Lobbying Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, a watered-down sham that would provide little in the way of accountability or transparency. If the Senate-passed measure was a disappointment, the House version is simply a joke -- or, more accurately, a ruse aimed at convincing what the leaders must believe is a doltish public that the House has done something to clean up Washington."

Get the Story:
Editorial: Sham Lobbying Reform (The Washington Post 4/25)
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"Congress still doesn't get it. After more than a year of negative headlines about political corruption and money-soaked alliances with lobbyists, House leaders are weakening their already anemic excuse for reform. They hope to pass the plan this week and then, with the glowing pride of grandees doling pennies to the poor, con the public into believing they're actually giving up enough of their prized perks to make a difference."

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Editorial: Snow job on lobbying (USA Today 4/25)

"One of the first things on the agenda for Congress as it returns to work today after a two-week recess is action on an ethics and lobby reform bill. Unfortunately, the measure before the House does little to reform anything."

Get the Story:
Editorial: Weak ethics, lobby reform just won't do it (The Sheboygan Press 4/25)

Senate Lobbying Reform Bill:
Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act of 2006 (S.2349) | Section-by-Section Summary

Other Lobbying Reform Bills:
Sen. McCain: Lobbying Transparency and Accountability Act of 2005 (S.2128) | Sen. McCain: Reducing Conflicts of Interests in the Representation of Indian Tribes Act of 2005 (S.1312)

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