The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Sunday, April 10, 2005
Regulators of Congressional lobbyists don't try too hard
And why would that be? A Center for Public Integrity (have they found any recently?) piece on lobbying supplies a clue:
The offices that track lobbyist disclosure, the Legislative Resource Center of the House of Representatives and the Senate Office of Public Records, lack adequate staff to monitor the forms submitted to the House and Senate. Neither office has staff dedicated to ensuring compliance with the law.
In 1993, of course, the Congress was safely in Democratic hands. By 1995, thanks largely to racial gerrymandering mandated by the Voting Rights Act (of which more later), the GOP were in charge of the House - and had snaffled the Senate, too.
But, on efficient regulation of lobbying, there was consensus: both parties were against. Keep the process in house - and no one need be embarrassed.
Suppose, thanks to voters' revulsion at the Republicans' Schiavo/filibuster hi-jinks, control of Congress returns to the Dems: how high up on their to-do list will reforming lobbying regulation come, I wonder? No, I don't, actually...
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