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truthpusher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-10-06 02:28 PM
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Democrats Pledge To Sever Ties To Lobbyists
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Democrats Pledge To Sever Ties To Lobbyists
(AP) WASHINGTON On Day 1 of the next session of Congress, newly empowered Democrats are promising restrictive rules to "break the link between lobbyists and legislation." The city's veteran lobbyists know what to expect on Day 2: requests for political donations from the Capitol's new stewards.

Ethics watchdog groups are hopeful as incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., readies the Democrats' "Honest Leadership and Open Government" initiative for opening day in January. The plan includes a list of changes designed to clean up what the party calls "a culture of corruption" in Washington.

Exit polls from Tuesday's election compel Democrats to act. Three-fourths of voters said corruption and scandals were very or extremely important to them. That group tended to vote for Democratic House candidates, according to voter surveys conducted for The Associated Press and the television networks.

But some lobbyists, tired of being condemned for Washington's influence culture, remain skeptical.

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  -Democrats Pledge To Sever Ties To Lobbyists truthpusher  Nov-10-06 02:28 PM   #0 
  - I believe it when I see it.  Rosemary2205   Nov-10-06 02:32 PM   #1 
  - Me, too. I wait until "Space For Lease" signs go up on K Street.  TahitiNut   Nov-10-06 03:46 PM   #19 
  - When politicians turn down money beware of falling pigshit.  Tierra_y_Libertad   Nov-10-06 02:38 PM   #2 
  - If they really wanted to prove that they have severed ties to lobbyists...  TechBear_Seattle   Nov-10-06 02:40 PM   #3 
  - That and PUBLIC FINANCING OF ELECTIONS. Take the power away from the money  Vincardog   Nov-10-06 03:21 PM   #16 
  - That would perforce follow  TechBear_Seattle   Nov-10-06 03:46 PM   #18 
     - I believe the case was Santa Clara County vs Southern Pacific Railroad  CrispyQGirl   Nov-10-06 04:47 PM   #23 
        - Much obliged for the info.  TechBear_Seattle   Nov-10-06 05:21 PM   #24 
  - Oh that's a nice idea indeed n/t  YankeyMCC   Nov-10-06 03:23 PM   #17 
  - I will believe it when they pass a clean elections law and don't load it with loopholes.  Selatius   Nov-10-06 02:42 PM   #4 
  - Except, of course, AIPAC.  wholetruth00   Nov-10-06 02:44 PM   #5 
  - Surprise, surprise, surprise....  Behind the Aegis   Nov-10-06 03:53 PM   #21 
  - Even Steny Hoyer??? I'm not sure what he'd do with his time if he had to  featherman   Nov-10-06 02:47 PM   #6 
  - Call me jaded.  mmonk   Nov-10-06 02:47 PM   #7 
  - People, have some faith!  tridim   Nov-10-06 02:49 PM   #8 
  - Good start. I hope they do.  LittleClarkie   Nov-10-06 02:51 PM   #9 
  - Proposal: "A Corp May Not Give A Thing Of Value to An Elected/Appointed Govt Official"  Blackhatjack   Nov-10-06 02:53 PM   #10 
  - That won't work  Rosemary2205   Nov-10-06 03:04 PM   #14 
     - "thing of value" can be anything you define it to be--including services n/t  Blackhatjack   Nov-10-06 09:45 PM   #27 
  - well they have been weened from them for the most part for 12 years or so.  madokie   Nov-10-06 02:53 PM   #11 
  - Democracy is a sham, until all influence by corporations are removed. n/t  casus belli   Nov-10-06 02:54 PM   #12 
  - Amendment 1 to the US Constitution  RGBolen   Nov-10-06 02:58 PM   #13 
  - real estate  enid602   Nov-10-06 03:14 PM   #15 
  - James Carville's not gonna like that n/t  HootieMcBoob   Nov-10-06 03:50 PM   #20 
  - I am all for stripping corporate personhood.  Zodiak Ironfist   Nov-10-06 04:18 PM   #22 
  - That'll be the day. But I have something they CAN do:  bertha katzenengel   Nov-10-06 05:24 PM   #25 
     - even without blackberries, they would still find a way to talk to the money...  truthpusher   Nov-10-06 08:40 PM   #26 
        - The point is keeping the lobbyists off the floor.  bertha katzenengel   Nov-10-06 11:13 PM   #28 
 

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