“A recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows 6 in 10 Americans think the Democratic Congress ‘hasn’t brought much change,’ ” John Fund writes at www.OpinionJournal.com.
“Eager to change this impression, the Democrats are frantically trying to pass legislation before Memorial Day. First on the agenda is a bill restricting lobbying, which is heading for the House floor with lightning speed. The House Judiciary Committee is expected to pass it [. . .],” Mr. Fund said.
“When a bill moves that quickly, you can bet someone will try to make some last-minute mischief. Hardly anyone objects to the legislation’s requirement that former lawmakers wait two years instead of one before lobbying Congress. Ditto with bans on lobbying by congressional spouses and restrictions on sitting members of Congress negotiating contracts with private entities for future employment.
“But the legislation may be amended on the floor to restrict grass-roots groups that encourage citizens to contact members of Congress. The amendment, pushed by Rep. Marty Meehan of Massachusetts, would require groups that organize such grass-roots campaigns to register as ‘lobbyists’ and file detailed quarterly reports on their donors and activities. The law would apply to any group that took in at least $100,000 in any given quarter for ‘paid communications campaigns’ aimed at mobilizing the public.”
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