The 20-year-old federal Lobbying Disclosure Act may be ready for changes to keep up with developments in the lobbying business, according to a new report
from the Congressional Research Service.
Congress has shown little appetite in recent years for taking on lobbying laws and appears unlikely to do so anytime soon, according to most experts on the subject. However, the CRS report provides a road map for changes that could be made if Congress wants to get a better handle on how modern lobbying is conducted and how much is being spent by whom to influence legislation and policy.
The CRS report, titled “The Lobbying Disclosure Act at 20: Analysis and Issues for Congress,” relied on new research and data from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M to analyze the disclosure requirements of the LDA and how well the rules track the real world of lobbying today.