June 22, 2012

Foreign Lobbying Ban Advances In The House Of Representatives

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) wants to clamp down on U.S. government officials lobbying for foreign governments.

Earlier this year, Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) introduced the Foreign Lobbying Reform Act, which would prohibit federal government officials such as Members of Congress from lobbying for foreign governments until ten years after they have left office.  “I am very serious about this,” said Wolf at the time. “It is not put in for just discussion purposes.”

Wolf has made good on his words as yesterday the ban was inserted into the markup of a 2013 Financial Services spending bill in the House of Representatives. “For those who hold such prominent positions in government service, we must set a high standard to avoid even the appearance of impropriety,” said Wolf in a statement.

The American League of Lobbyists — lobbyists for lobbyists — was not pleased at the potential change. “We oppose any change which imposes additional restrictions on former members of Congress, ambassadors and others from representing certain foreign governments, no matter how reprehensible the leadership of those countries may be,” said its president Howard Marlowe.


  • eps62

    There should be a ban on all lobbying , foreign and domestic for 10 years.

    • jon5

      This is one way to save this country and the other is to take the money out of politics. Pretty simple, isn’t it?

  • Cobeenb

    There should be no lobbying at all, everyone that we elect to office works for us, not big bussinesand banks!

  • Beth1506

    This is a 1st step. All lobbying by former government officials should be banned.

  • CatKinNY

    Who’d a thunk it? If you can drape it in a little xenophobia, you can get some common sense out of a Republican!

  • Sagebrush

    No way, this is never going to see a vote unless it’s gutted like a hog in a butcher shop. Too much money involved for our greedy ex federal government officials not to belly up to the trough and bury their snouts in it.

  • He say’s he wants to avoid the appearance of impropriety on lobbying for foreign governments. Does this mean that as long as they stay off the peoples radar it’s okay with him? In my experience it usually means “just don’t get caught”.

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