Skip to comments.PETITION: Ban members of Congress from becoming lobbyists (Sen. Bennet D-CO)
Posted on 06/05/2014 2:55:37 PM PDT by real saxophonist
PETITION: Ban members of Congress from becoming lobbyists
Senator Michael Bennet
Michael Bennet's Newsletter
Try to wrap your head around this statistic: In 1974, 3 percent of retiring members of Congress became lobbyists. Now, 50 percent of Senators and 42 percent of Congressmen do.
That's not a revolving door, it's a merry go round. And my guess is these members of Congress aren't staying in Washington because they like the weather (it's terrible).
Let's face it, the outsized influence of lobbying is corroding our political system. It's time for aggressive reform.
John Tester and I have written a bill that bans members of Congress from ever becoming lobbyists. Sign this petition and add your support if you think it's time Washington cleaned up its act.
Do you ever wonder why the political conversation in our nation's capital sounds nothing like the conversation you're having at your kitchen table? When Coloradans sit down and talk, they talk about how to make ends meet. They wonder how they're going to pay for college. And we all worry about the world we are leaving behind for our kids.
But if you turn on the cable news, it's nothing but partisan nonsense and debates about issues that have little bearing on our everyday lives.
Too often, the outsized influence of lobbyists in Washington drowns out the voices of everyone else and prevents Congress from acting in the interest of the American people.
This bill isn't going to be popular in Washington. That's why we need you to get on board and help us advocate for it. Sign this petition to close the revolving door and ban members of Congress from ever becoming lobbyists.
By preventing members of Congress from lobbying when they leave Capitol Hill and preventing senior congressional staff from going back and forth through the revolving door, public officials can get about the business of helping the country.
Thanks for all you do,
I won’t hold my breath waiting for the conductors of the gravy train to blow it up.
The way to do it, I'd think, would be to make never becoming a lobbyist a condition for receiving a government pension. Otherwise wouldn't there be a legality problem?
It’s an unenforceable law from a practical perspective. The right to petition the government is in the Constitution as well.
The answer is term limits. With 1/3 of Congress ousted every two years to try their hands at lobbying, the lobbying business will suffer Chinese restaurant syndrome...there will be too much supply and not enough demand.
It is a ploy to get votes. Didn’t Obama promise to not have any lobbyists and then reneged? Same thing here.
I might even reply to Bennet’s email with Obamas promise and list the ex-lobbyist that are working for him.
while i like the idea, it’s from bennet who i wouldn’t trust as far as i could spit. he’s too dumb to get a lobbyist job.
Yeah, that’s why I found this interesting.
A majority of the staffers on capitol hill are little more than lobbyists themselves. Most people have no clue how bad the infestation really is.
One of John McCain’s staffers left his office and became VP of Boeing for a few years and is now GOP staff director for the armed services committee.
Hey, I just realized that I stopped getting the spam.
Ban all lobbyist period.
Ban all donations to all political candidates. Each candidate should get an equal amount of funding from their state. No other contributions should be allowed.. best man wins best on his abilities and message... not by how much funding they have. Candidates can only promote their own ideas and the first negative attack ad and their barred from any political future.
Ban all lawyers, we need people with common sense.
All terms are for 2 - 4 years period. No retirement unless they continue in a civil service position for a total of 20 years.
Congress should be in session twice a year for two weeks each and they get paid for that two service ONLY. Any other sessions should be for war time or national crisis only.
No voter ID card no voting.
You must be able to pass a basic knowledge test on government and how it works or no voter ID card.
Hell. that's all they do now.lobby for more money for themselves to get reelected by lobbying for more money to build unwanted $...it in their states or districts. They are professional lobbyists AKA whores.
Lobbying groups actually write legislation, then deliver it to their bought and paid for congresscritter for introduction as bills. No joke.