Times Lauds Council Lobbying Reform
May 22nd, 2006

The City Council is on the right track with lobbying reform, writes the New York Times in an editorial. The Times praised a plan pushed by Council Speaker Christine Quinn, saying it does a good job increasing disclosure, toughening enforcement, placing a symbolic ban on gifts from lobbyists, and excluding lobbyists’ donations from the city’s campaign finance program. [Others feel differently, describing the restrictions as violations of free speech.]

The Times’ only gripe is that the council should have pushed to put more restrictions on “bundled” donations, where lobbyists pull together other people’s smaller donations, thereby “us[ing] other people’s money to gain influence.”

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