April 14, 2006



Lobbying Bill: Fake Reform

Posted by Eric Jaffa
Thursday March 30th 2006, 7:21 am
Filed under: Free Speech, Government

We all have free speech to express our political opinions.

However, some can legally bribe those in power.

A Senate bill passed yesterday doesn’t change this. Senators and Reps can still accept meals and trips from private individuals.

Lobbyists are technically banned from giving meals and trips.

However, a lobbyist can take a Congressman to dinner and then have the someone from the lobbying company who isn’t a registered lobbyist pay.

Members of Congress could still use corporate jets for the price of a first-class ticket and accept free lodging, travel and meals from non-lobbyists.

« What the Bill Should Have Said »

A real reform bill would have said:

Senators cannot ride in corporate jets.

No one is allowed to buy a meal for a Senator. No one is allowed to pay for a plane ticket and/or a hotel room for a Senator.

Senators and their staff shall pay for all of their own meals and travel, or let the taxpayers pay.



2 Comments so far

ABSOLUTELY… I was REALLY pissed off hearing how the senate abdicated their responsibility.

www.markbnj.blogspot.com

Comment by markbnj 03.30.06 @ 3:30 pm

It’s like they’re so contemptuous of the public that they think we will be fooled by a bogus reform bill.

Comment by Eric Jaffa 03.30.06 @ 3:39 pm



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