The virulent objections by the 1% to this small proposal to reduce undue influence of rich corporations is indicative of the struggles that are necessary if the 99% are going to restore democratic control to the people of the country.
The proposal is aimed at preventing lobbyists from exerting undue influence over executive branch employees charged with regulating everything from automobile safety to air ...
Ok ....i wonder if voters have any opinions on this subject. Few stake holders are consulted.
The Lobbyist serve corporations ...to the detriment of democracy , these rule do not go nearly far enough. The lazy journalist takes little time expressing the frustration imposed on us feel by government bought and payed for by corporate /gov revolving door..&..backroom dealing. How a headline from the opposing view.
without facts and figures on how much and how prevalent this practice actually is, the piece doesn't really make the argument for the gov't. the response from corporate america would seem ironic if it weren't so real. what i question by this writer is his comment, "the move to restrict lobbyist gift-giving comes amid a separate push by the administration to trim costs.", which sounds as if it came directly from a lobby group, and which implies that lobbyists are vital to gov't employees ability to function in their work if they aren't given ever more cellphones and laptops, along with 'promotional gear'.