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Stop Stealth Lobbying: Close the 20 percent loophole and ensure that all who are paid to lobby register and report as lobbyists Lisa Rosenberg.

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1 Stop Stealth Lobbying: Close the 20 percent loophole and ensure that all who are paid to lobby register and report as lobbyists Lisa Rosenberg

2 Influence Disclosure

3 Are you a lobbyist? Do you make more than $3,000 over three months from lobbying? Have you had more than 1 lobbying contact? Have you spent more than 20% of your time lobbying for a single client over three months?

4 Get rid of the 20% rule 20 % Rule

5 Tom Daschle DLA Piper, his employer since 2009, made almost $40 million lobbying between 2009 and 2012 “Right now, anyone who says they don’t clear the 20 percent threshold doesn’t have to register, a provision some insiders even call ‘the Daschle exemption.’” – Politico, 7/26/2010

6 George Allen “George Allen Strategies is a recognized leader in helping clients navigate the waters inside – and outside – the Beltway.” – www.georgeallenstrategies.com “There are plenty of people in the political-influence industry who do all they can to keep from having a big old scarlet letter L sewn into their suit…” – Dave Levinthal, Center for Responsive Politics.

7 David Obey Has worked at the Gephardt Group since 2011 The Gephardt group made $9.3 million lobbying since 2011 “Former lawmakers who understand the appropriations process are highly valued, especially someone as wired and influential as Obey…other former appropriators have been in demand on K street recently.” – Politico, 6/3/2011

8 Newt Gingrich “The technicalities are a bit arcane and muddied. Gingrich never officially registered himself as a lobbyist, but he did meet with elected officials to talk about legislation related to Freddie Mac.” – ABC News, 1/24/2012 Worked as a “consultant” for Freddie Mac between 2001 and 2010 Freddie Mac spent $100 million on lobbying between 1997 and 2012

9 Byron Dorgan Co-chair of law and lobbying firm Arent Fox’s Government Relations Practice Arent Fox has made $3.8 million lobbying since 2011.

10 Chris Dodd Current employer, the MPAA, spent $3.3 million lobbying in the past two years “Hollywood’s chief lobbyist” – The LA Times, 1/17/2012 “No Lobbying, no lobbying.” Chris Dodd, The Connecticut Mirror, 9/30/2010

11 “The purpose of our lobbying laws is to tell the public who is being paid how much to lobby whom on what.” Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), 1992

12 For more information on closing the 20 percent loophole and other ways to reform our lobbying disclosure system visit www.sunlightfoundation.com/policy/lobbying. Contact Lisa: lrosenberg@sunlightfoundation.com @sunlightonhill


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