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Getting the Government America DeservesHow Ethics Reform Can Make a Difference$
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Richard W. Painter

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195378719

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195378719.001.0001

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Legislative Branch Ethics Reform

Legislative Branch Ethics Reform

More Stringency or More Hypocrisy?

(p.143) six Legislative Branch Ethics Reform
Getting the Government America Deserves


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This chapter discusses ethics reform in the legislative branch. House and Senate rules were amended in the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 to restrict members' interaction with lobbyists. Congress thus took the rare step of imposing more stringent ethics requirements on members themselves. Nonetheless, major areas of abuse, such as lobbyists' involvement in campaign finance as well as the revolving door between Congress and K Street, were minimally affected by the new rules.

Keywords:   ethics law, legislature, Congress, Senate, lobbyists, K Street

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