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Molly Ivins: The No-Reform Lobby Reform Bill

Calling this lobbying reform measure an “ethics bill” requires brass bravura.

Posted on May 1, 2006 READ MORE


What? You Expected Real Lobbying Reform?

House Republican leaders have stripped a pending bill of language that would require lobbyists to disclose their fundraising activities and contacts with lawmakers.

Posted on Apr 24, 2006 READ MORE


New Lobbying Law Falls Short on Reform

The bill, which passed 90 to 8, requires lobbyists to disclose more information about their interactions with lawmakers, but there’s little increase in the enforcement of ethics laws.

Posted on Mar 29, 2006 READ MORE


Abramoff Got Indicted, and All We Got Was This Lousy $20 Gift Ban?

Reform follows scandal as night the day, except in these sorry times, when it appears we may not get a nickel’s worth of reform out of the entire Jack Abramoff saga.

Posted on Feb 20, 2006 READ MORE


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Surprise, Surprise: Ethics Reform Stalling

Figuring that public indignation over the Jack Abramoff scandal will soon dissipate, Republicans in Congress are dragging their feet on promised reform measures.
Unfortunately, this will probably work—because an indignant populace is sort of like a villain in a James Bond movie: We vow to stamp out a source of aggravation; we put the machinery in place for doing so; we flip the switch; and then we leave the room on the nave assumption that our plan is escape-proof.
It’d be funny if this weren’t, like, our government we’re talking about.

Posted on Feb 20, 2006 READ MORE


Lawmakers Appear to Distance Selves From Lobbyists

Both Republicans and Democrats are canceling meetings with lobbyists in the wake of the Abramoff scandal. | story
Pardon our cynicism, but as long as lobbyists have money to dole out, lawmakers will find a way to the trough.
Any lobbying-reform legislation that results from this scandal will be rendered moot as quickly as you can say “McCain-Feingold.”

Posted on Jan 31, 2006 READ MORE


Boot Camps for Wayward Teens Go Unregulated Overseas

Sketchy U.S. operators of “tough love” schools skirt American regulations by operating in other countries. Sorta like sketchy U.S. corporations that skirt American taxes by having mailboxes in other countries. AlterNet’s got the goods.

Posted on Jan 26, 2006 READ MORE


The Frist File

Was Frist playing doctor when he pushed legislation for medical reform or just lining his pockets? Get background on the accusations of Medicare fraud, conflict of interest and insider trading facing Sen. Bill Frist.

Posted on Dec 7, 2005 READ MORE


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