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 the same day. The bill aimed to regulate lobbying activities by preventing lawmakers from accepting gifts and travel from lobbyists, requiring stricter reporting of lobbying activity, preventing spouses of lawmakers from lobbying the Senate and extending the period a former senator must wait before undertaking lobbying activities to two years. The Senate enacted the bill by passing a 2007 version of the ethics reform bill in January 2007, but it voted against creating a Senate Office of Public Integrity that would investigate ethics violations.
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