Monday, January 29, 2007

No Free Lunch: New Ethics Rules Vex Capitol Hill

WSJ reported To cut down on wining and dining by lobbyists, the House and Senate have drafted new rules that bar lawmakers and congressional aides from accepting almost any meals from lobbyists. Hors d'oeuvres are an exception. So is "food that you have to eat standing up using a toothpick," explains Washington lawyer Brett Kappel, who advises lobbyists and companies about ethics rules. Oyster pasta, the seafood lobbyists decided, would be difficult to eat with toothpicks.

Wouldn't it be simplier to just say no food, travel, gift, or anything else from a lobbyist or anyone else seeking to influence legislation?

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