March 19, 2006

MONEY FINDS ITS OWN LEVEL:

Lobbyists Foresee Business As Usual: Post-Abramoff Rules Expected to Be Merely a Nuisance (Jeffrey H. Birnbaum, 3/19/06, Washington Post)

Some of Washington's top lobbyists say that they expect to find ways around congressional efforts to impose new restrictions on lobbyists' dealings with lawmakers in the wake of the Jack Abramoff corruption scandal, and that any limits will barely put a dent in the billions of dollars spent to influence legislation.

Though Congress may ultimately vote to eliminate a few of the more visible trappings of special pleading, such as gifts, free meals and luxurious trips, lobbyists say they have already found scores of new ways to buy the attention of lawmakers through fundraising, charitable activities and industry-sponsored seminars.


You can't get the money out of politics by trying to limit the money, only by limiting the politics. Simplify the federal tax--either a flat or a sales tax--and make it part of the constitution and you'll do more to limit lobbying than any other measure. Then start closing cabinet agencies so that there are fewer bureaucrats and programs to be influenced...

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 19, 2006 9:36 AM
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Do the industry-sponsored seminars include bag lunches? Is the mileage to and from the charitable activities deductible?

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 19, 2006 4:51 PM
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