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How Elizabeth Warren Plans To ‘Break The Grip Of Lobbyists For Good’

"My new lobbying tax will make hiring armies of lobbyists significantly more expensive for the largest corporate influencers".

"My new lobbying tax will make hiring armies of lobbyists significantly more expensive for the largest corporate influencers".
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13 comments on “How Elizabeth Warren Plans To ‘Break The Grip Of Lobbyists For Good’

  1. Hard not to be generally in favor of this but the devil is in the details. I can’t see that as described this would be enforceable, even if found constitutional. I can’t conceive that corporations and trade groups wouldn’t find a way to disguise their lobbying expenditures through any number of mechanisms, most legal

    • They would lobby Congress to make sure it never passed.

      • Unfortunately, the “common good” would reduce my Cayman property by 2 Boston Whaler marlin boats… and 5 $2 an hour floor sweepers. That said, I’m sending her money, because Biff up the road would be hurt more.

  2. vissisitude

    The main problem with this fine idea is that lobby efforts would become more fragmented, with smaller donations and ways to minimalize President Warren’s effort to shut down BIG lobby efforts. The key issue is to follow the money and somehow have IRS look at this as money laundering, thus a process to track hush money and secret dealings needs to be viewed as criminal conspiracy. I think the main reason we have corruption in government is because of secrecy and the process of private concerns bribing officials, or blackmailing them. This trump gangsters have obviously brought this matter to a climax, with the president refusing to provide transparency with his IRS disclosure — and trumps coup in regulatory capture, where his secrets apparently above the law. The key to the future is to head towards a state of Mccarthyism as it relates to secrecy, and thus shine a very bright light on anyone that thrives in the darkness of the sewer.

  3. tim fields

    Funny I did a search and not a single word about unions or various progressive advocacy groups. Let’s call this what it is. It’s an effort to silence people you don’t like so only groups you support can influence government.

    • that could be because unions and progressive groups are generally trying to help average americans and workers as opposed to, you know, perpetuating a kleptocracy that leads to massive income and racial inequality. the bottom line is that there is no place in modernity for conservative politics. conservatism is, in many ways, outdated and totally out of touch with reality.

      • tim fields

        So in other words we are deciding who can participate based on what their agenda is. Nope no constitutional issue at all there. Obviously some of us have different ideas about whether those groups are looking out for our interests or not. All I see here is naked self interest.

  4. She said ‘trade organizations’. I assume this means unions, and the general language seems to apply to everyone

    I would be opposed if this only targeted corporate lobbying. There’s no such thing as ‘good’ lobbying and ‘bad’ lobbying

  5. Also repeal Citizens United.

    • CItizen’s United isn’t something that can be repealed, short of an amendment. Need a court that sees things differently

      • Harvey Cotton

        No. Congress has the power to set the jurisdiction of all federal courts except where the Constitution gives the Supreme Court original jurisdiction.

  6. But the heart and mind of Elizabeth Warren are really for the people. Some of her ideas may need to be sharpened a bit but I’ve not seen anyone in government in her league, or even close, in the last 50 years. (Bernie is trying but should be part of her team). Pray for her.

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