Deb Fischer shocked political observers recently when she came from behind and won the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in Nebraska. Although an endorsement from GOP icon Sarah Palin probably helped, it’s worth noting that Fischer has also been campaigning on a strong proposal to reform the ethics and lobbying laws in Congress.
Here’s a few of the provisions that she has listed:
- “A lifetime ban on Members of Congress from becoming federally registered lobbyists after they leave office.”
- “Congress should be subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Nebraska and other states are subject to FOIA and Washington …
As of last week, 28 lawmakers decided to end their membership in the corporate front group the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Today, four Nebraska lawmakers — state senators Heath Mello (D), Jeremy Nordquist (D), Danielle Conrad (D), and Ken Haar (D) — announced that they are leaving ALEC or recently decided not to renew their membership.
“They’ve become very extreme on a lot of issues,” said Mello. “I don’t want to be used as a political pawn.” We applaud these senators for departing from ALEC and we hope that many more of every political persuasion will soon make the same decision.
The controversial Keystone XL Pipeline has been a flashpoint for debates between environmentalists and oil advocates. But for the company trying to build the pipeline – TransCanada — the issue has always been one of business. Thus the company has spent enormous amounts of money lobbying state and federal lawmakers to approve the pipeline.
Nebraska’s Omaha World-Herald reports today that TransCanada spent a whopping $529,099 on lobbying and legal fees related to lobbying that state’s legislature in the fourth quarter alone, adding up to nearly $10,000 a senator:
During the fourth quarter of 2011, when the Nebraska Legislature had a special session on the …