Remember when House Democrats touted tough new legislation against lobbyists? Now that they're in power, those promises of reform seem to be losing steam:
The growing resistance to several proposed reforms now threatens passage of a bill that once seemed on track to fulfill Democrats' campaign promise of cleaner fundraising and lobbying practices.
Can't say I'm surprised that Democrats want to keep the big campaign donations and lavish junkets and parties that lobbyists provide. No institution is more absolutely corrupted by absolute power than Congress.
As today's NYT opines:
Make no mistake. If the leadership fails to bring the lobbying industry to heel, voters will know that Congress remains as much for sale under the Democrats as it was under the Republicans.
We'd be naive to think otherwise. Congress will always be for sale, no matter which party is in power.