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  •  Seems easy (3+ / 0-)
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    Jim P, Lucy2009, antirove

    They should be able to place some kind of limit on the time they spend with these lobbyists.  Its not easy getting in to see a member of Congress.

    Have a talk with the scheduler and tell them to limit the lobbyists calls, then clean up the House and Senate calendars so they aren't wasting so much time.

    It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. ~ Aristotle

    by Betty Pinson on Sat Apr 30, 2011 at 05:49:22 PM PDT

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    •  I say "no time at all, period." (2+ / 0-)
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      Lucy2009, antirove

      Give the time to one of their nominal constituents, you know, someone who can actually vote for them.

      Until we break the corporate virtual monopoly on what we hear and see, we keep losing, don't matter what we do.

      by Jim P on Sat Apr 30, 2011 at 06:02:39 PM PDT

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    •  Require review by Consumer Protection Agency staff (1+ / 0-)
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      Betty Pinson

      d that at least one staff should be required to be present at any meeting of a representative with a lobbyist, and to review proposed legislation language.

      Any legislation reflecting language provided by lobbyists should be required to go through the CBO for accurate assessment of impacts to deficit and for the costs/benefits to average citizens.

      One other idea would be restrict lobbying by commercial interests to one day per month, perhaps just to a Monday morning between 9AM and noon.  This includes phone calls, faxes, letters, junket trip offers, etc.  It needs to be crystal clear that the First Priority of representatives is the citizens they represent, and that no citizen has a name followed by "Inc. or LLP."  

      Limiting campaigning and political ads to public financing is a crucial reform we also need. The current financial bar to challenge a sitting representative needs to be vastly lowered and perversely skews the types of candidates ending up on our slates, and then their highest priority, once in office, to retain and increases their contributor base, seeking to become an incumbent for life.

      When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

      by antirove on Sun May 01, 2011 at 07:39:29 AM PDT

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