Lobbyist Government

2169 WordsFeb 23, 20139 Pages
Federal Lobbying In the United States, there are more than fifty different versions of lobbying laws in states and territories. On the Federal level, lobbying is defined as being “any communication made on behalf of a client to members of Congress, congressional staffers, the president, White House staff and high-level employees of nearly 200 agencies, regarding the formulation, modification, or adoption of legislation.” Though there is much disagreement about lobbyists, there have been laws enacted to try and control them and those who abuse lobbying. There is always room for improvement with regards to lobbying laws, because there is still your classic loop holes that people use to avoid being in violation of the law. Corporations,…show more content…
Since lobbyists only have to report twice a year, there is a significant lack of paperwork being filed, which can mean that a bill can be passed before anyone is able to find out what lobbyists did to pass it. Hundreds of millions of dollars are not being accounted for and are being exempt from disclosure; we are not seeing how the money is being spent. Lobbyists donate large sums of money to a politician to support their campaign, and the only way we see the money spent is if we see a television ad, or a sign on the side of the road. These systems need to be updated with our rising technology. The second section, slowing the revolving door, would extend the revolving door “cooling off” period to two years and include prohibition on all lobbying activity during that period. Those whom were once members of Congress and turned to lobbying should be stripped of their special access including perks and privileges with their colleagues. The third section, states to prohibit registered lobbyists from making, soliciting, or arranging for campaign contributions to those whom they lobby, in addition to prohibiting privately- sponsored travel for government officials and their staff. Additionally, we need to establish some sort of agency that would act under Congress to help monitor and enforce federal lobbying, travel, gift and ethics law. With having an agency
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