The republicans rolled out there "lobbying reform package" yesterday. It, in essence, makes the problems only worse.
Currently, legislators are allowed to take privately funded trips for "educational" purposes, such as Tom DeLay's trip to Siapan to see up close and personal how his vote to favor garment makers on the island makes kids work for 23 cents an hour in sweat shops.
Now, the rules will be changed to ban "educational" trips, but allow "campaign" trips. That means a company... say Halliburton, can fly DeLay to St. Croix for a week on their tab, and as long as they hand him a campaign check, the trip is perfectly legal. No "educational" purpose it needed.
Please, tell me how this is better?
This is what happens when you send a Republican to do a mans job.
Loophole in Lobbying Bill Leaves Wiggle Room
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