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50 Blogs for Feingold Action Team
“It's time to stand up - not to cheer, but to fight back.”
--Senator Russ Feingold, On Executive Power. (Daily Kos, 2006-02-02)

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Feingold's Lobbying and Ethics Reform Act of 2005

Senator Feingold's "Lobbying and Ethics Reform Act of 2005" will not solve all the problems of government corruption, but it is a step in the right direction, and is worthy of being made law. He introduced the legislation on July 14, 2005 and it was sent to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, where no action has been taken on it.
The bill, incredibly, has no cosponsors. It amends the McCain-Feingold "Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995" to require:

  • every member of the executive and legislative branch must identify all lobbying contacts made
  • decreases the "revolving door" syndrome by extending from one to two years the ban on senior government employees acting as lobbyists
  • "requires public disclosure by Members of Congress of employment negotiations"
  • establishes fines and penalties for wrongfully influencing "on a partisan basis, an entity's employment decisions or practices."
  • "Amends the Code of Official Conduct in the House to prohibit favoritism."
  • "Eliminates floor privileges and other perks for" lobbyists who formerly served in Congress."
  • "Prohibits Members of Congress from accepting gifts from lobbyists."
  • "Requires Members of Congress to provide increased disclosure of his or her official travel."

You can urge your Senators to support this important bill by clicking here calling (202) 224-3121 or by e-mail.

(previously posted at Headstrong America.)