Proposed Reforms Regarding the Disclosure and Regulation of Federal Lobbying (summary)
Posted on 07-28-2005 10:22 AM EDT
The disclosure and conduct of lobbying the federal government are governed by the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, the Ethics Reform Act of 1989 and congressional and executive regulations addressing travel, gifts and ethics. But recent lobbying abuses and scandals have highlighted fundamental problems with the nation’s lobbying laws. These problems include an inadequate system of disclosure; a revolving door that is spinning out of control between public service and the private sector; and excessive influence peddling by special interests and their lobbyists. Public Citizen recommends the following legislative and regulatory reforms for enhancing the disclosure and conduct of lobbying activities.
Section I: Improving Lobbying Disclosure
Section II: Slowing the Revolving Door
Section III: Limiting Influence Peddling by Lobbyists
A detailed paper outlining Public Citizen’s recommendations for reforming the disclosure and conduct of lobbying is available at: http://www.lobbyinginfo.org/reform/
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