March 29, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
On March 29, 2006, the US Senate voted 90-8 in favor of a lobbying reform bill — the Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act of 2006. The impetus for the legislation was a massive corruption scandal revolving around lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who was sentenced in a Florida fraud case on ...[read more]
January 23, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
On January 23, 2007, the US House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill to deny retirement pensions to any member of Congress "convicted of any of certain offenses," including fraud, bribery and perjury. Prior to the adoption of HR 476, federal lawmakers could only be stripped of their ...[read more]
January 21, 2012
by Cody Harding
On January 21, 2009, US President Barack Obama issued the first executive orders of his presidency. The first, Executive Order 13489, focused on White House transparency and reversed restrictions implemented by former President George W. Bush, by granting broader public access to previous ...[read more]
January 3, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
On January 3, 2006, prominent Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy, tax evasion and mail fraud related to the 2000 purchase of SunCruz Casinos by Abramoff and his business partners. In March 2006, a federal judge in Florida sentenced Abramoff to five years and ...[read more]
March 29, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On March 29, 2006, former lobbyist and businessman Jack Abramoff was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison on conspiracy and fraud charges stemming from his falsification of documents to procure a loan for the 2000 purchase of the SunCruz Casino in South Carolina. The investigation ...[read more]
January 17, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On January 17, 2006, Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) of the US House of Representatives introduced a proposal which would have restricted the gifts members of Congress could receive from lobbyists. The ethics reform plan was in response to the ethics scandal involving lobbyist Jack Abramoff and ...[read more]
January 8, 2011
by Daniel Makosky
A federal judge in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia on Friday sentenced Paul Magliocchetti, founder of the now-defunct political lobbying firm PMA Group, to 27 months imprisonment for his involvement in campaign finance improprieties spanning over five years. ...[read more]
August 16, 2010
by Hillary Stemple
A lawyer for former US House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) confirmed Monday that a US Department of Justice (DOJ) criminal probe into DeLay's association with lobbyist Jack Abramoff has been dismissed without charges being filed. The investigation lasted six years and included grand jury ...[read more]
April 28, 2009
by Andrew Wood
Melanie Sloan: President Obama's March 20th memorandum aimed at Ensuring Transparency of Registered Lobbyist Communications, will not achieve its intended purpose and is an ill-advised restriction on speech.The memo prohibits registered lobbyists from participating in any oral... ...[read more]
April 26, 2009
by Devin Montgomery
Leaders of the American League of Lobbyists, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, and American Civil Liberties Union on Friday asked the administration of US President Barack Obama to eliminate or change restrictions it has put on contact that lobbyists can have with ...[read more]

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