Posts Tagged ‘lobbying’

doctor_cigarette_header3459162096

In a world where the editor of the most respected medical journal in the world says that “half” the scientific literature is false…

These Doctors Were Paid To Testify That Smoking Doesn’t Cause Cancer

profit-prisons

1431536236922.cached

‘I Lied About Toxic Chemicals for Exxon, DuPont, and Their Lobbyists’

The council’s credibility is crucial as it currently works with a bipartisan group in the Senate to rewrite the law governing the regulation of toxic chemicals. The bill to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act passed a Senate committee recently by a vote of 15 to 5 and last week picked up 14 new senators as co-sponsors, virtually assuring it can pass the Senate.

ivoteee

See what big business spends to win American minds

One ad at a time…

Of $3.4 billion in contracts reported by the 144 trade groups from 2008 through 2012, more than $1.2 billion, or 37 percent, went toward advertising, public relations and marketing services, more than any other category. The second-highest total, $682.2 million, or 20 percent of the total, was directed toward legal, lobbying and government affairs.

1832676-6

Why Google May Be More ‘Evil’ than the NSA

Represent.Us: Uniting To End Government Corruption

Sign your name, and learn more. www.Represent.Us
For details about the Act, visit: www.anticorruptionact.org

I hesitated to post this because the actual text was not easily found on either of their two websites.  I emailed the campaign to inquire.  Josh Silver from “United Republic” sent me a link to the document (full text of act).

I noticed that it restricts various categories of corrupt behavior.  Good.

I also noticed that it actually raises the minimum amount of money required before lobbyists must register.  This I found very confusing.  Here is my email exchange with the campaign:

ME:

What’s the meaning of this? It looks like it’s making it less strict not more:

2. Registration Thresholds/Who Must Register and File Reports
• Lobbying firm
 Current law: $3,000 in lobbying income in calendar quarter.
AACA: $10,000 in lobbying income in calendar quarter.
• Client of Lobbying Firm
 Current law: $3,000 in lobbying expenses in calendar quarter.
 AACA: $10,000 in lobbying expenses in calendar quarter.
• Self-Lobbying Organization
 Current law: $10,000 in lobbying expenses in calendar quarter.
 AACA: $30,000 in lobbying expenses in calendar quarter.
etc.

Why would a law about ending corruption be less strict about registering lobbyists?

ALLISON of UNITED REPUBLIC:

Dear Joe,

Thanks very much for writing in with your concern. I apologize for the delay, but you have a great question and I wanted to check in with the team who wrote the Act to make sure I gave you a thoughtful response back.

This is what they told me:

You are correct that we are increasing the monetary thresholds for lobbyist registration. We did this because we are significantly expanding the requirements of the Lobbying Disclosure Act (the Act that regulates lobbying on the federal level) in other areas, and we want to make sure that the AACA does not cause small charities and nonprofits to abandon their lobbying efforts. More specifically, under the AACA, more activities will count as lobbying, and it will be much harder for individuals to avoid registering as lobbyists because even supervising others’ lobbying efforts will require registration. The AACA will also significantly increase the disclosure requirements for people who have to register. For example, under the AACA they will have to disclose the specific Members of Congress lobbied. We met with the leaders of many nonprofits while we were crafting the AACA. They expressed concern that these expanded registration and disclosure requirements might cause some smaller nonprofits to completely abandon their lobbying efforts, because it would cost too much to comply with the expanded registration and disclosure requirements. We did not want that to happen. So, under the AACA, these groups will not have to register unless they spend $10,000 or more in a calendar quarter to hire a lobbying firm, or spend $30,000 in a quarter to pay their own employees to lobby on their behalf.

Please let me know if this has answered your question or if I can help you with anything else.

Sincerely,
Allison and the campaign team

BOTTOM LINE

It’s the only game in town right now to directly address the corruption of the US government.  So I signed the petition and posted the video.