February 23, 2012

Republican Bill Posey Introduces Bill To Ban Members Of Congress From Lobbying For Five Years

Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL)

One of the ways that Big Money works to take control of the country’s political system is by enlisting former legislators to become lobbyists. These lobbyists, having passed through the “revolving door,” have wide access to their former colleagues in addition to the financial resources that lobbying firms command.

While there are some laws regulating how and when former Members of Congress can become lobbyists, some legislators — most famously, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) — have skirted these laws by engaging in influence peddling without officially registering as lobbyists. Former Members of Congress regularly exploit this Daschle Loophole.

Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL), who was elected to Congress in 2009, was troubled by his colleagues leaving office and then working on behalf of special interests. In an interview with Republic Report, his press secretary George Cecala explained that the congressman read Peter Schweitzer’s book Throw ‘Em All Out, which documents congressional insider trading and other similar shocking behavior by Members of Congress. He then asked all of his staff to read the book as well.

Last week, Posey introduced  the “Stop the Revolving Door in Washington Act,” a new version of a bill he first introduced in 2009. The bill would ban all lobbying by former Members of Congress for five years and all lobbying by former congressional employees for two years. Perhaps most interestingly, Cecala explained to Republic Report that the bill would actually ban any contact between these former government employees and current employees of Congress that is intended to influence them on behalf of any person. This would effectively close the Daschle Loophole because it would not only ban these individuals from federally registered lobbying but even informal lobbying as well.

Posey’s bill is a bold step towards reducing the stranglehold of special interests on Congress. The congressman wanted to ensure that Members of Congress’s careers “will be about service, rather than service to influence peddling,” Cecala told us. The ultimate goal, said Cecala, is to “return us to a citizens’ legislature.”


  • Michael Fulks

    It’s a start.

  • Any improvement is good, so this is good, even though it could be much better.

  • Any improvement is good, so this is good, even though it could be much better.

  • Moongal

    What is the punishment if caught, loose all their Gov Benefits?

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  • 1234heythere5

    Good idea. Another good idea, I think, is to block any bills from passage such as S1789 and HR2309 that would eliminate at least 100,000 postal jobs particularly when unemployment is so high



    S1789, sponsored by Lieberman, would cut 100,000 jobs with the USPS when we don’t need to have more unemployed workers. S1789 would decrease compensation for injured workers and end it for those over 65, when we don’t need to take away compensation or lower compensation for injured workers.It would weaken the unions which promote a “living wage” at a time when we don’t need to add more people to the “working poor”, S1789 would close smaller post offices (some have already closed),and slow mail delivery by closing 200+ distribution centers.
    In 2006 Congress voted to have the USPS fund 75 years of retiree health benefits in 10 amounting to 5.5 Billion a year.
    Saddled with funding 5.5 Billion a year that had nothing to do with mail delivery, the USPS could no longer have it’s revenue =costs as it had done until 2005.
    If this bill is passed or HR2309 the USPS will end up virtually privatized with lower wages and benefits for it’s workers,a scaled down and overworked workforce, more mail services contracted out, less services for the public including encouragement of curbside service in place of home delivery.

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