Lobby law with teeth

Posted: Friday, March 14, 2003

It's truly reprehensible for this state's chambers of commerce to be asking for relaxation of the lobbying rules, but certainly not unexpected. For campaign law reform concerning lobbyists to be effective, here's a suggestion for a lobbying law that might be more appropriate.

"No corporation or business entity shall pay or contribute, or offer consent or agree to pay or contribute, directly or indirectly, any money, property, free service of its officers or employees or thing of value to any political party, organization, committee or individual for any political purpose whatsoever, or for the purpose of influencing legislation of any kind, or to promote or defeat the candidacy of any person for nomination, appointment or election to any political office."

The penalty for violation shall be dissolution of the business entity or corporation, and "any officer, employee, agent or attorney or other representative of any business entity or corporation, acting for and in behalf of such entities or corporations" would be subject to "imprisonment in the state prison for a period of not less than one nor more than five years" and a substantial fine.

Paul Zimmerman


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