There seems to be some confusion on both sides of the Blogosphere about Section 220 of S. 1 of the lobbying reform bill currently before the Senate.
"Section 220 of S. 1, the lobbying reform bill currently before the Senate, would require grassroots causes, even bloggers, who communicate to 500 or more members of the public on policy matters, to register and report quarterly to Congress the same as the big K Street lobbyists. Section 220 would amend existing lobbying reporting law by creating the most expansive intrusion on First Amendment rights ever. For the first time in history, critics of Congress will need to register and report with Congress itself." blogsforbush.com
Huh. I thought it was only the Republicans who were after our 1st Amendment rights. But here are the Democrats assaulting our freedoms again by trying to control who says what. Slashdot
The amendment was introduced by Senator David Vitter (R-LA)
, and has nothing to do with the rest of the bill. This amendment was just another Republican attempt to destroy this legislation, that the Republicans just today voted down. The Republicans have made it official: They don't want ethics!
Who is Republican Senator "I-like-Jack-Abramoff-but-hate-Planned-Parenthood" Vitter?
His most famous quote to date is:
"In the metropolitan area in general, in the huge majority of areas, it's not rising at all. It's the same or it may be lowering slightly. In some parts of New Orleans, because of the 17th Street breach, it may be rising and that seemed to be the case in parts of downtown.
"I don't want to alarm everybody that, you know, New Orleans is filling up like a bowl. That's just not happening," Senator David Vitter (R-LA), August 30, 2005. Wikipedia
Labels: Congress, ethics, Vitter