Bysiewicz Says She'll Fight Lobbyists in Washington, D.C.

In video, senatorial candidate from Middletown outlines proposal to clamp down on lobbyists and ban earmarks.


Susan Bysiewicz, Connecticut’s former Secretary of the State who is running to replace Joseph Lieberman in the U.S. Senate, released a video last week outlining a set of proposals she says will reform reform the lobbyist-influenced ways in Washington.

According to a release issued by the Bysiewicz camp, there were 12,951 registered federal lobbyists in 2010, which breaks down to almost 25 per member of Congress. Lobbyists, she said, spent $3.51 billion to influence Congressmen to vote for legislation favorable to their clients. In 2010, Bysiewicz said, Congress approved $16.5 billion for 9,129 earmarks.

Bysiewicz’s plan would permanently ban earmarks and contributions or gifts from lobbyists, require public disclosure of all meetings with lobbyists and prevent members of Congress and their staffers from becoming lobbyists for five years after they had worked in a legislative capacity.

Further, Bysiewicz would draft a Constitutional amendment to prevent campaign donations from corporations, mandate independent commissions to redraw Congressional districts and ban campaign-style mailings financed by taxpayers.

richard barringer January 10, 2012 at 11:35 PM
"Lobbist"???? Hello--It's "Lobbyist."
ClintonCT January 11, 2012 at 12:23 AM
You libs rarely have useful, mature comments. All you do is attack, sometimes very nastily. It makes me ashamed of my neighbors, which is why most of my comments go to Politico, The Hill, and The Drudge Report. Notice only one of those leans to the right. And Richard Barringer, I happen to be a great typist and speller, but not everyone is... give people a break. Really, criticizing someone for a typo? One of my best friends has dyslexia and spelling and typing is incredibly difficult for him, yet I respect his opinion. Chill.
Laurie Rich Salerno January 11, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Thanks Richard - One of the editors popped in and fixed that typo. We appreciate it!
richard barringer January 11, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Oh, so you don't think professional journalists should be held to a higher standard in using language? Ever hear of a copy editor? Notice that the Patch editor above appreciated the clarification. For a right-winger you sure sound like a bit of a bleeding heart yourself.
John A. Pagnani January 11, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Dear ClintonCT: Your comment was the first in this series and it was attacking. Ohters responded in kind. Richard: Spelling error? Petty, petty. Where is the beef?


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