Doktor_Zhivago: Wait irony is when the unexpected happens...
BSABSVR: Wake up dik-dikple!
"Sadly to say, [the trip] does comply with the loophole-ridden ethics rules that [Bonner's] committee has developed," he said. "The problem is, it does not comply with what was originally intended" with the post-Jack Abramoff scandal lobbying reforms, Holman added."It was clearly intended that any lobbying entity that has business pending before Congress does not sponsor travel junkets," explained Holman, who helped craft the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007. That's certainly the case with ICCF funders like ExxonMobil, whose oil profits would be hit hard by the carbon-pricing bills Democratic lawmakers have recently introduced, or the Nature Conservancy, which depends on million-dollar EPA grants like this to fund its annual budget of nearly a billion dollars.The reason those rules don't apply to groups like the ICCF, which is funded by lobbyists and organizations that hire lobbyists, is because "Bonner's ethics committee has decided those regulations won't apply to nonprofits," Holman said. "With that devastating blow, they have essentially crippled the travel restrictions."The fact that taxpayer dollars weren't used is beside the point. "The problem is that lobbyist and special-interest money is being used to pay for the trip. It's being financed by groups and people who want something in return from Bonner," Holman said.
hardinparamedic: Anyone want to step up to bat to defend this guy?Anyone? Crickets?
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