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Jeb’s Lobbying Reform Proposal A Positive Step, but Comprehensive Plan is Needed

July 20, 2015 | Adam Smith

Washington, D.C.—Every Voice, a national organization fighting to empower everyday people in politics and reduce the influence of wealthy donors, has released the following statement on Jeb Bush’s proposals to address the lobbying “culture” in Washington.

“Public service shouldn’t be seen as a stepping stone to wealth and fortune and Jeb Bush is right to call for lengthening the cooling-off period for members or Congress,” said Adam Smith, communications director at Every Voice. “But if Jeb’s really serious about cleaning up Washington, this proposal should be seen as the floor of a broader platform and not the ceiling. His record-breaking fundraising and close ties to the super PAC aligned with his campaign make it all the more important for him to offer a bold, comprehensive plan to address Americans’ belief that Washington is for sale to the highest bidder.”

Specifically in his speech today, Bush called for a six-year cooling-off period before members of Congress can become lobbyists and said the members of Congress should disclose online any meetings with lobbyists.

In addition to Bush, George Pataki and Ted Cruz have called for lifetime bans on members of Congress becoming lobbyists and Lindsey Graham has suggested a constitutional amendment is needed. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, and Bernie Sanders have called for a much more comprehensive efforts to address our broken campaign finance system.

For more information on what candidates are saying about campaign finance and donor influence, follow Every Voice’s Tumblr 2016 Candidates On Money in Politics.

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