Jan 17, 2006

Bully..!

Senate Democratic leader bans staff from accepting lobbyist gifts
John Byrne
Published: January 17, 2006

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has formally banned his staff effective immediately from accepting gifts of any kind from lobbyists, RAW STORY has learned.

In a memo last night, Reid chief of staff Susan McCue instructed Reid staffers not to accept any gifts from lobbyists. The move is a precursor to a package of ethics reforms the senator plans to introduce Wednesday with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the 'Honest Leadership Act.'

Reid staffers will continue to be able to speak with lobbyists, an aide said, though all travel, gifts and meals will be banned.

The Honest Leadership Act includes a provision called the 'Jack Abramoff Rule,' which would apply these standards to all other senators, banning lobbyist gifts. Aides say they don't know whether Reid's voluntary ban will be embraced by other Democratic senators, though it is certain to put pressure on Democratic senators to ditch special interest gifts.

Other details are scarce. An aide said that the bill is still being prepared and has yet to be finalized.

30 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"PJF has shown nither fear nor favor"

my mantra for PJF

not bully but bullish on whats right for DC now...
There is a need for people from all walks of life in gov. now..

11:15 AM  
Anonymous eslye said...

that was me above..jut hit wrong buttons

11:17 AM  
Anonymous 6 Miles said...

ALL GOOD!

? will there be a Merry Fitzmas in the near future to keep the momentum going of returning to honesty, integrity in line w/Reid's ethics mantra?

11:18 AM  
Blogger Contessa37 said...

It is about time to ban gifts from lobbyist.

I would love to run for state office (House of Delegates) someday, but I couldn't handle it. I am too honest for my own good. Many say that I would be shot if I ran for dogcatcher! LOL My honesty, and straightforwardness would turn many people off that's for sure.

Both political parties are out of touch with the taxpayers.

Can we say McCain-Feingold? I am for campaign reform.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

This should have been banned along time ago. Now that Harry Reid has started the ban on the accepting gifts from lobbyists, the real question is the GOP will do the same???

11:46 AM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

Good for Harry. It's about time to show some gumption for addressing these hustlers. If a staff job doesn't pay enough, get another job. If being a congressperson doesn't pay enough, get another job. If you don't get paid enough as a senator, get another job. Get rid of the bunch of untrustworthy bastards. Their real job was to be a watchdog on this administration, but they were too busy padding their own pockets. Now look at the mess we're in!

11:56 AM  
Blogger GrandmaNuk said...

by the way "Bully...!" as in Bully for Harry!

11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lemme splain a few things
for Harry intends well in heart
the heartless Bush signings
reword to glorify
boy king the selfish I

for harrys voice has been heard
the MSM ignores truth
and disguises crime
party they are to abramoffs gold mine

for forty years the media
hath agreed to collude
and mislead the country
feeding the mushrooms

there are great truths to space and time
the parallels our minds must find
in each book are words of truth
the beginnings and our roots

once we raise our thoughts
breaking entropy of bias
think carefully what I say
if thou not religious

not it matters seek the words
the number three seek out LIGO LISA
the binaries and trinaries of Spacetime
as the triangle rasas around kuiper
thee spiral is thus seen

compare them view them
see what I mean, whirling wheels
see this oh Men the number three
10 and 5 years is all you need be

remove thy bias clear thy thought
follow the paralells today morrow
ask ye for Light take ye the Light
divide the night take back your rights

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Graft for Fun & Profit said...

" IN WASHINGTON
Distance Learning Class
Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House, discusses "Republicans and the U.S. Congress" during
C-SPAN's Distance Learning Class today."

http://www.c-span.org/

A Quick Course in How to Fool Some of the People All of the Time.

1:17 PM  
Anonymous Up in Michigan said...

I find it distasteful that it hasn't been illegal all along to accept gifts from lobbyists.

1:20 PM  
Anonymous but, but the AG said...

"This program from its inception has been carefully reviewed by lawyers from throughout the administration, people who are experienced in this area of the law," Gonzales said. "We believe the president does have the legal authorities to authorize this program."

http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/01/17/gonzales.nsa/

1:25 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

We will find more and more information and truth around Bush's 16 words in the State of the Union address in 2003 about why we went to Iraq on false pretenses. Michael Ledeen, Bush's foreign affairs advisor, wrote for a magazine called Panorama who found forged Niger documents. Here is the article from Raw Story:

http://rawstory.com/news/2005/American_who_consulted_for_Pentagon_says_0117.html

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But but..who belives anything from the wH anymore

2:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fitz & Biloxy,

Wouldn't that be funny if Ledeen just turns himself in after realizing that, enough damage done to this country over loyalty to israel and the mid-east already???

I think that would be extremely ironic. Kudos to Harry Reid for leading by example, now get out there and show the crooks they can't live this lifestyle!!!!

2:13 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

I wouldn't be surprised if Ladeen does that. After all, there will be more and more people who will come out of the woodwork and fess up to the truth. Yes, I agree, kudos, to Harry Reid. It took guts for him to set an example..

On a side note, anyone heard about Judith Miller??? Judy, Judy, Judy.. Well, she is working..

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1001844334

3:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Snarky comment on Judy ..

? whats she working on..
getting Cheney to leave Lynn?

3:28 PM  
Blogger SamuelAlito said...

Patrick:

I think that in a very few days I will be moving from "blogger" to "supreme court justice" and won't be able to keep my site running. Since Tom and Saddam appear to be rank amateurs, this leaves you alone in the legal-political blogosphere. Go get'em, champ!

Sam

3:31 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

Another Democratic follows the lead of Harry Reid: Senator Dick Durkin (D-Illinois). Who else will rise to the occassion?

3:38 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

How many will retire now that they can't get gifts/money. Thats why must people get these jobs, its all about the free bees. Its about time the Dems spoke up about the GOP. I could only say Go Girl to Hillary and Gore speak your mind because you really won the 2000 election it was stolen by King George and its band of crooks. I feel bad for the people of Ohio the state is full of Republican crooks I hope they can get good elected officials. I wonder if DeLay is reading the news, he is so far out of the picture he might get a job as a Wal-Mark greeter.

10:05 PM  
Blogger bluewild said...

That would be great Jackie. Then WalMart can short-change him, and he will know what it's like to live without health insurance and on a pauper's salary. Wouldn
t it be nice if he could get a taste of that. Still. I think prison is the ultimate getaway for him.

10:19 PM  
Anonymous eslye said...

Loopholes in Hassie's Repub.Lobby Reforms
C-span Today

can travel the world with lobbyist if he pays bill and make a dotion
somewhat the loophole

just so sad to little to late ..

7:14 AM  
Anonymous Never met him, huh? said...

"Abramoff was so closely tied to the Bush Administration that he could, and did, charge two of his clients $25,000 for a White House lunch date and a meeting with the President. From the same two clients he took to the White House in May 2001, Abramoff also obtained $2.5 million in contributions for a non-profit foundation he and his wife operated."

http://www.texasobserver.org/showForPrint_new.asp?ArticleID=13

1:26 PM  
Blogger Special Prosecutor Biloxi said...

I just read the Texas observer prior to your comment. Bush will get caught for sure. And Scott McClellan's words to the press that " Bush can't recalled meeting Abramoff" will come back to bite him. Of course, Bush now says that he knows Abramoff and Abramoff has been to the White House on a few occassions. If Bush was truthful, why is White House scrambling to destroy any photos of Bush and Abramoff or, better yet, explain to the public why there over 200 contacts from Abramoff to the White House? And what were Bush and Abramoff talking about: Switching to Geico for car insurance? the truth will come out in a matter of time...

2:12 PM  
Anonymous Something's Rotten in the WH said...

" It was only revealed this August that in 2002 Bush himself fired a prosecutor, Frederick Black, investigating Abramoff over a scandal in Guam. Rove recommended the replacement and the inquiry of Abramoff ended!"

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/1/18/125725/984

2:36 PM  
Blogger Contessa37 said...

To: Something's Rotten in the WH

I guess Fitz better be very careful. I read in many internet articles that many wanted to replace him with someone else at his current position.

I read that Speaker of the House didn't want to reappoint him back in August 2005. In addition, I believe there is a new Deputy Attorney General at DOJ. I think his name is Flaningan or something.

Makes me wonder why hasn't Fitz been on the news lately about Rove.

I am a very disgruntled Republican. Like others in my party, we are very disappointed and let down.

I remembered when I was on the Hill back in '94, House Republicans were preaching change and reform. Now they had strayed away from 'the Contract of America.'

I am not going to change parties. Believe me I have thought of being unaffiliated or become a member of the Constitutionalist party. However, one of my friends I have worked with in the McCain campaign tells me to don't leave the party, try to change it and make it better.

My folks still chide to this very day on why I didn't support Bush in 2000 primary. They bitch and complain to me the other day why McCain criticize Bush. Good for you Sen McCain. Continue to criticize. That is what our political system should be about.

7:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you seen that day traders have been operating in congressional Offices? (on Raw Story now)

Are you sure you want to stay Repub?

1:23 PM  
Blogger bluewild said...

Somethings rotten in the wh:

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/1/18/125725/

That story isn't listed at that address. Either it's the wrong address or the sotry is now gone. I'd like to read it. Do you know how i can access it?

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