House Democrats introduce weakened lobbying reform bill

Jack AbramoffAs we predicted yesterday, House Democrats late last night introduced a watered-down version of the lobbying reform package that they campaigned on last year.

From Politico:

“…The reform bill would not create an independent investigator to conduct ethics inquiries or require detailed disclosure of lobbyist bundling for lawmakers.

“House leaders decided to take up the bundling issue separately, a move that makes it much more vulnerable to defeat.

“The proposed bundling bill, also introduced late yesterday, would require lobbyists to disclose the sum they have raised for a candidate, but not the names of the people or clients they asked to make the donations.

“Reformers had sought such a provision to shed light on the links between the work a lobbyist does on Capitol Hill with the donors they recruit to give to a lawmaker.”

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