Candidate for U.S. Senate Alexi Giannoulias (D-Ill.) is no fan of lobbyists. Mr. Giannoulias, currently the Illinois State Treasurer, is running for the seat currently occupied by appointed Sen. Roland Burris (D-Ill.).
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Giannoulias would work to enact major legislative ethics reforms if elected to the Senate.
“In Washington, D.C., everywhere you go you see a lobbyist,” Giannoulias said. “They run that town. Nine out of 10 people [you see as] you walk down the hall are all lobbyists.”
The Sun-Times reports that “[Giannoulias] wants a total ban on corporations and lobbyists donating to candidates and a lifetime ban on senators or congressmen ever becoming lobbyists.”
Giannoulias’ Senate candidate site is at www.alexiforillinois.com.
Giannoulias’ official state site is at www.treasurer.il.gov.