Lobbyists

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This information may be somehow available somewhere, I don't know.

But since the lobbyists control Congress by their "contributions," it would be nice to find out easily what lobbyist, working for what interest group/corporation, is contributing how much money, to what Congressmen, regarding what legislation, pro or con.

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  1. Comment
    erick.gonzalez

    Not gonna happen, Obama himself has been a recipient of lobbyist money in the past.

    We are not there yet buddy.

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    Unsubscribed User ( Idea Submitter )

    Here is a list of the President's top donors. It would be fair to know when and why he meets with them during his Presidency. This would go a long way in creating a more open presidency.

    University of California $1,385,675

    Goldman Sachs $980,945

    Microsoft Corp $806,299

    Harvard University $793,460

    Google Inc $790,564

    Citigroup Inc $657,268

    JPMorgan Chase & Co $650,758

    Stanford University $580,904

    Sidley Austin LLP $574,938

    Time Warner $547,951

    National Amusements Inc $541,251

    WilmerHale $524,292

    UBS AG $522,019

    IBM Corp $518,557

    Skadden, Arps et al $510,274

    Columbia University $503,566

    Morgan Stanley $490,873

    General Electric $479,454

    Latham & Watkins $467,311

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    Unsubscribed User ( Idea Submitter )

    A database of all contributions could be on the web, accessible to anyone.

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    More to the point, get the money and the secrecy out of the people's business.

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    luvwith

    We must have public financing of campaigns...period!

    I know you think you don't want to pay for it...but you already ARE!

    Every no bid contract, every unpaid royalty on an oil lease, every blocked piece of legislation that is supported by the majority because some committee head is paid off or intimidated into inaction, every blocked investigation...YOU PAY AND PAY AND PAY!

    You pay hundreds of times what you would to finance campaigns in A CORRUPTION SURCHARGE!

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    Martin

    Lobbyists are not the problem, they are only a symptom. If politicians didn't accept their money or gave more weight to constituents' voices lobbyists wouldn't be an issue.

    Either way increasing openness in lobbyist contributions and activity will do nothing. Will you go through every donation with a fine-toothed comb? You probably won't and neither will most voters. We should be evaluating politician performance based on their actions, not what is influencing those actions. If you agree with their decisions then why should you care if a lobbyist convinced them to do it?

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    silona

    It should be posting on the website in a citable format!

    one donation per paragraph! with a web citable URL so that I can reference it specifically in my blog post on the topic!

    Citability.org

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    owen

    Lobbyists should be required to document their goals, objectives, and stakeholders (clients and MCs) on the Web in conformance with AIIM's emerging Strategy Markup Language (StratML) standard. http://xml.gov/stratml/index.htm

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    davidwseattle

    Contributions for campaign donations and lobbying for all federal offices by corporations, industries, and individuals, etc. are available at opensecrets.com. It's an essential site for finding out who pays who.

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    Jonathan Geeting

    How about pie charts showing where individual members of Congress' fundraising comes from - business PAC contributions could be broken down by industry. Members could also be required to post who they meet with and who is lobbying them. Before we crack down on lobbying activities, lets see if they change for the better when we make them operate in the sunlight.

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    stan.sso

    @owen,

    Sorry my friend. that would be a restriction on our 1st Amendment rights.

    All an autocratic government would need to do is declare that anyone petitioning government is a lobbyist, and require us to publicly disclose our support and opposition to the policies advanced by our elected officials.

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    merveilleux24

    There is already a site for this, Open Secrets, as patriotact has pointed out. It's best to have a third-party, not the government do this, anyway. But making sure that to such websites are readily available would be an admirable objective.

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    tomgoldie

    Chalk -- where did you get that info?

    Stan.sso -- not really, my small donations are ALREADY listed online. I don't see any problem with that, as I favor full disclosure and unlimited contributions.

    I just want to know how BIG companies are able to give so much, while small donors are so limited!

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    activistmotivator

    I agree. This is an important issue facing our nation today.

    According to the 2009 Global Corruption Barometer released yesterday, "55% of respondents in high-income countries report it is common for bribes to influence the policy-making process!"

    Is the US Lobby system a form of authorized bribery?

    The Lobby System disenfranchises all citizens by allowing corporations to essentially write or re-write favorable legislature.

    Is this corruption? State Capture by powerful oligopolies?

    Antitrust laws have been severely weakened by these oligopolies monopolistic tactics and by the strength of perpetual corporate immortality and its rights as citizen.

    President Obama must follow through on his promise to reform (remove) the Lobby System that legitimizes corruption and undermines democracy world-wide.

    To possibly re-enact Sherman-Antitrust-Act or Clayton-Antitrust-Act and to definitely repeal corporate personhood.

    More at http://activism101.ning.com/forum/topics/is-it-ok-for-your

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    npolimeni

    This is a worthwhile idea, as many others that promote transparency. Maintaining this kind of information can be costly if not properly organized and properly funded.

    Those who support this idea and perhaps many other ideas in this site would be helping its implementation by supporting the "Funding New Ideas Pilots" because it is a means to fund the implementation of good ideas. The costs would be minimal for pilots, and it would prove or disprove the workability, and with proven workability it would be difficult many legislators to stand against them for permanent addition to the law.

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