Obama Administration Proposes New Lobbying Disclosure Amendments

The Hill published an article discussing the President’s proposed changes to the lobbying disclosure requirements contained in his State of the Union speech before Congress and in a talking points memorandum distributed by the White House to pro-regulation groups.  According to the article:

The document repeats Obama’s requests for lobbyists to limit their campaign contributions as well as to disclose everyone they lobby, the substance of their advocacy and when the lobbying took place. But it goes further by saying the LDA should be changed in order to disclose more individuals who are lobbying policymakers for their clients but have avoided registering so far.

 In addition, Democratic lawmakers continue their calls for new legislation designed to limit corporate political speech in response to the United States Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision.  The primary focus right now centers on curbing the ability of foreign corporations to participate in American elections, even though federal law already contains a foreign national ban at 2 U.S.C. 441e and in the Federal Election Commission’s regulations at 11 C.F.R. 110.20.

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