How did this not get more attention?
With reporting deadlines looming, congressional officers have issued revised guidelines that ease some of the lobbying disclosure requirements enacted last year.
The revised guidance, issued by the Clerk of the House and Secretary of the Senate, relaxed the rules for disclosure of lobbyist contributions to parties at this summer’s Democratic and Republican national conventions, among other changes.
So, just as the Democratic convention is getting more and more behind in fundraising, they make it easier for lobbyists for pay for the parties that they can’t afford to pay for. How bad is it? From the Wall Street Journal
Under the new guidelines, “it’s hard to envision any event at the conventions that would trigger disclosure,” said Kenneth Gross, an attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP who advises lobbyists on complying with ethics rules. “This relieves lobbyists from tracking and reporting much information about attending or paying for events involving public officials, that would have been required before.”
Just remember this when you see all the promises. What I wonder is where the outrage is.