The Senate’s ethics and lobbying reform bill, S. 1 [pdf],
will be debated on the floor this week and through the end of next
week. Contained in the bill is a strong provision that would shine new
light on grassroots lobbying by large (and often for-profit) lobbying
Frightened for their bottom line, and protective of the premium they
earn for stealth efforts that conceal the real interests of industry, a
We also released a report, Organizing Astroturf [pdf],
which listed 12 examples of bogus grassroots efforts by phony
industry-backed groups and the important public issues involved, which
included everything from asbestos rules to the environment and the
The provision in the Senate bill is very narrowly drawn. It requires
disclosure only when an entity spends a large amount of money – more
than $25,000 over a three-month period – to rally the public to urge
Congress to act on a pending bill. The measure does not in any way restrict lobbying activities by individuals or groups.
Citizens and lawmakers deserve to know who is influencing public policy. Please take a minute to call your Senators and let them know you agree with us that sunlight is the best disinfectant for politics.