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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Too little too late

Posted By on Tue, Oct 2, 2007 at 5:29 AM

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is still talking about ethics reform but that's all it is so far, talk. No specifics. If he finally can muster up the spunk to make a specific proposal some day (he's been talking about it since his campaign nearly two years ago), it sounds like it will be along the lines of the failed show legislation that trotted around the Capitol last session. It won't get the job done. The law is enforced rarely and ineffectively when it comes to lobby expenditures. Tinkering on the edges won't change that. The lobbyists flout and pervert the law routinely and will continue to do so. They'll simply say they forgot when caught, as happened in the recent forgetfulness in failing to report thousands in expenditures on  the slopfests for House and Senate leaders. The only solution is cold turkey. No gifts. No trips. No wining. No dining. And huge fines for those who persist in business as usual. A one-year waiting period, at least, on conversion to the lobbying corps from the legislature is long overdue. Also, an end to multiple campaign contributions from the same source under different corporate veils. And an end to carryover of surplus campaign money. Don't hold your breath.

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