Thursday, July 14, 2005

Feingold goes after the lobby...

Democratic reformer Russ Feingold has apparently set his sites on the Washington Lobby. I guess this is a reaction by the Democrats to the Republican's "K-Street Plan" and the explosive growth of the Washington D.C. lobby corps. The Hill provides the details of Feingold's plan,

"Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) will introduce a bill today that would radically overhaul the ways in which lobbyists and lawmakers interact with one another.

Feingold's bill would require more disclosure of meetings between lawmakers and lobbyists, curb privately funded travel, slow the revolving door between government service and lobbying, and raise the cost of traveling on private jets, according to talking points released by Feingold's spokesman."

and the Republican's attack 527's, which of course leaned heavily Democratic in the 2004 election cycle. Again, The Hill provides the details,

"House Republicans plunged into the issue of 527 reform yesterday as conference leaders sought to bridge the gap between two competing pieces of legislation."

It sounds as though there is still some internal GOP strife over just how deeply this bill should cut into recent campaign finance reform but reform is coming.

On a local note,
"National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chairman Tom Reynolds (N.Y.)... warned that 527s were active in attacking Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-Colo.) during the last campaign and could be more prominent this cycle."

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