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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Lobbying Reform My *&#!@#

The Senate passed an ethics patch bill (they call it lobbying reform but it is far from such) today. The BS bill is heavy on disclosure of lobbying contacts, but easy on prohibitions. As if what got Congress in the hot seat were contacts, not gifts and trips, and yachts, oh... and campaign contributions. Yeah sure, the way to influence lawmakers the most is by contacting them. They do not really care about the meals. They do not really care about the sports stadium skyboxes. They do not care about campaign contributions. No, what they really care about is having some quality time with those wonderful K Street leaches. Of course, because what those leaches really care about is the in the best interest of the nation. And the worst, no independent committe or office to keep tabs on all these activities. What fuels special interest influence in D.C. is money. The Senate has not curbed the major avenues for lobbyists to provide money, in the form of trips, lodging, contributions, etc. This bill is the equivalent if fixing the engine of a car by changing a flat tire.

Senate Passes Election-Year Ethics Package

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