Democrats and Republican voters both spoke loud and clear as to their views on limiting the amount lobbyists could spend on our elected officials. They're all for it.
But House Speaker David Ralston, he of the $ 17,000 European family vacation at the expense of lobbyists, isn't having any of it. He's going to propose an outright ban - after first creating a "study group" to examine how other states ban lobbyists' gifts. Study group is a method for putting things off until later or until the voters forget about the topic. And by proposing an outright ban, he knows he consigns any such measure to defeat. He opposes caps, calls them "gimmicks", and says they could be abused (Statesboro Herald, 8/12/2012)
How much manure can this guy shovel and expect it to be believed? He has opposed caps. He has kept meaningful ethics reform legislation from coming to the floor (with a lot of help from other legislators). He has slopped at the lobbyists' trough disgracefully yet says, "It's OK, I reported it."
I certainly hope my state representative and senator got the message from the voters directly and not filtered through the apparently opaque glasses of the Speaker.
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