Warren Proposes Tax on ‘Excessive’ Lobbying

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren came out this week with a plan to aggressively crack down on lobbying in Washington. The proposal would impose a 35 percent tax on annual lobbying expenses above $500,000 for corporations and trade associations. The progressive tax would increase to 60 percent for lobbying expenditures over $1 million and 75… Read more »

Lawmakers Introduce Lobbying Reform Bill

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) introduced legislation July 25 to curb “pay-to-play” politics and strengthen lobbying disclosure laws. The bill would end the 20 percent threshold for lobbying registrations and would also require consultants who only provide “strategic advice in support of lobbying” to register. The bill would also prevent congressional… Read more »

ASAE Updates Lobbying Guidelines

In conjunction with American Associations Day last month, ASAE’s Public Policy Committee released an updated version of ASAE’s Association Lobbying Guidelines. These guidelines reinforce ethical principles association lobbyists and all association professionals strive to uphold when representing their members before government officials. The ASAE Public Policy Committee formed a diverse working group to tackle the… Read more »

Grassley Bill Would Toughen Foreign Lobbying Rules

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) introduced a bill this week that would toughen some of the disclosure rules for lobbyists working for foreign interests on Capitol Hill. The legislation is meant to strengthen the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), the law that’s intended to prevent undue foreign influence in domestic policy. Grassley’s bill… Read more »

Trump Announces Rigid Lobbying Ban

The transition team for President-elect Donald Trump announced this week that anyone who serves in the Trump administration will need to terminate any lobbying registrations and pledge not to lobby again for five years after leaving the administration. The policy announcement came after criticism over Trump’s inclusion of registered lobbyists on the transition team despite… Read more »