Thursday, April 27, 2006

Watchdogs Say House Ethics Reform Is a "Scam"

Damn! Everything about this congress is a scam!

Watchdogs Say House Ethics Reform Is a "Scam":

"Congressional watchdogs blasted an ethics reform bill pending in the House of Representatives on Tuesday as a 'scam' that would do little to curb the influence of money in politics.

'This legislation is so weak it's embarrassing,' said Chellie Pingree, president of Common Cause, a group promoting accountability in government.

House Republican leaders hope to pass a bill this week that requires more disclosure of lobbyist activity and temporarily ban privately-funded travel until after the November congressional elections. The bill is a response to corruption scandals that have ensnared several lawmakers and staffers.

Watchdog groups said the bill would not change the intimate relationship between lawmakers and the lobbyists who shower them with campaign contributions and other perks."

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