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Taking on DC’s royalty: Ethics
reform for a new generation

Daily Caller, by Paul Dietzel

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Posted By:StormCnter, 3/29/2014 4:50:37 AM

Fast cars, luxury yachts, international five-star resorts, top-shelf liquor and fine china from Bloomingdale’s — this sounds like a rap song, but this is the life of some members of Congress. For example, Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ) was exposed in a 60 Minutes investigation for spending leadership PAC money on the items listed above. And, my guess: he isn’t alone. We, the taxpayers, shouldn’t accept this behavior; we must fight it. I will do my part in ending this corruption by championing the following reforms when elected to Congress: Ban immediate family members from registering as lobbyists. Allowing an immediate family member to lobby

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Trigger2, 3/29/2014 5:56:59 AM     (No. 9789236)

Splendid ideas but if you think Congress is going to enshrine them and cut off enriching themselves, I have a bridge to sell you.

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