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From The Hill:
Former Representative Bob Ney (R., Ohio) said Wednesday that the lobbying bill passed in the wake of the Jack Abramoff scandal that sent him to prison probably won’t stop abuses in Washington. In his first interview since his release from a Cincinnati area halfway house, Ney told West Virginia-based talk show host Howard Monroe on the “Howard Monroe and the Morning Show” that the ethics law has loopholes. For example, Ney note that lobbyists are still allowed to host events at conventions.
“Anybody who thinks lobbyists aren’t paying for things—they are,” Ney said. “I think lobbyists are still needed, they are needed out there [but] the question is: Would a member do something for money? I think that the lobby bill will probably help somewhat, but it was most likely a cosmetic situation too because lobbyists are still allowed to host things at conventions and lobbyists are still out there.”
Ney served 17 of the 30 months he was sentenced to in January 2007 after pleading guilty in 2006 to corruption charges stemming from his relationship with Abramoff, the imprisoned former lobbyist who was sentenced to nearly six years in jail.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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