Weekly Lobbying News Round-Up

This week in lobbying news:

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) introduced the “Close the Revolving Door Act of 2010″. Among other things, the bill would ban members of Congress from ever lobbying, and would increase the “cooling off period” already in place for Congressional staffers, post-employment. Read about the bill here, at Sen. Bennet’s website.

Long-awaited legislation: on Thursday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and his fellow Senate co-sponsors finally introduced the Senate version of the DISCLOSE Act (read about that here, and the text of the bill is here). Rep. Chris Van Hollen, along with his two Republican co-sponsors  introduced the House version, which is just a little shorter).

Reps. Hodes and Flake demand access to PMA probe documents. The OCE and House Ethics Committee have investigated and cleared seven lawmakers in a earmarking matter. But Reps. Hodes and Flake are demanding to see the thousands of pages of background documents that have not been released to the public.

A couple of news stories on new media and lobbying, from the Washington Post and Roll Call. (Roll Call is subscription, Washington Post free registration).

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