“Senate Draft on Lobbying Clamps Down on Earmarks; Rules Panel Would Target Narrow Spending and Require Prompt Disclosure of Meals Received”

The Washington Post offers this report. See also Lobbyist Turns Senator But Twists Same Arms in the NY Times, which begins: “It might be said that Senator John Thune went through the revolving door — backward. As a lobbyist in 2003 and 2004, Mr. Thune earned $220,000 from the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad, a small but ambitious company in South Dakota. The railroad hopes to rebuild and rehabilitate 1,300 miles of track, the nation’s largest proposed railroad expansion in more than a century. Now, as a junior senator from South Dakota, Mr. Thune is working to make that happen, raising questions about whether there should be curbs on lobbyists-turned-lawmakers in the same way that there are on those who take the more traditional route of leaving Capitol Hill for K Street.” The LA Times offers States Offer Grim Look at Curbing Corruption; Many have rules that Congress is considering. But scandals underscore the difficulty of policing ethics, even with independent oversight.

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