Posts Tagged ‘Michael F. Bennet’

Congress Views: Sens. Bennet & Tester

Monday, May 17th, 2010 by Vbhotla

From time to time, we’ll post “Congress Views” on lobbying. These will be opinions published by or attributed to members of Congress, on lobbying, lobbyists, and the lobbying community as a whole.

First up, Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.):

Sen. Bennet, in introducing his bill to ban former members of Congress from the “revolving door” (moving from Congress to lobbying):

“The need for reform in Washington is glaring when 1,500 Wall Street lobbyists can drown out the voices of the American people and block a bill that reforms the big Wall Street banks,” Bennet said. “By preventing Members of Congress from lobbying when they leave Capitol Hill and preventing congressional staff from going back and forth through the revolving door, public officials can get about the business of helping the country.”

Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) has co-sponsored the bill. In his press release on co-sponsoring, Sen. Tester used similar language to Sen. Bennet:

“When Montanans sent me to the Senate, I imposed strict ethics rules on myself and my staff because Montanans expect open and honest government,” Tester said.  “It’s about time for all of Congress to make sure decisions are being made based on what’s right for our country, not based on who hires well-connected lobbyists.”

Weekly Lobbying News Round-Up

Friday, May 7th, 2010 by Vbhotla

Sen. Tester joins Sen. Bennet in sponsoring the Close the Revolving Door Act. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) announced this week that he would join Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) in his bill attempting to bar former Members of Congress from ever lobbying after their Congressional tenure. Sen. Tester’s press release is here.

Stayin’ fit and on top of their game: GR folks flock to the “Lobbyist Whisperer.Roll Call profiles Janet Zalman, a DC personal trainer popular with lobbyists. (Roll Call subscription required).

Mixed reactions to DISCLOSE Act. Last week’s disclosure (pun intended) of the campaign finance “Citizens United legislative fix” bill, the DISCLOSE Act, elicited mixed reactions. A few opposing views: The Center on Competitive Politics views the legislation as limiting to the First Amendment right of free speech. The White House released a statement from President Obama stating that he not only supports the legislation as necessary, but will help stump for its quick passage. A great collection of reactions to the bill is over at the Blog of Legal Times.

Abramoff figure back in town. Neil Volz, who fell from grace along with Jack Abramoff in 2005, was back in DC to discuss a new documentary on Abramoff’s career, Casino Jack & The United States of Money. The Washington Post profiles Mr. Volz’s new outlook on life post-Abramoff. (Washington Post free registration required).