Assessing Ballard's new rules

December 9, 2009
Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard has followed the lead of Gov. Mitch Daniels in tightening disclosure rules on lobbying. Read the story by IBJ reporter Peter Schnitzler here.

In sum, if you’re a lobbyist and spend more than $1,000 a year trying to influence public officials in Indianapolis or Marion County, you must register and report your activities.

Some questions for John Q. Public:

--Lobbyists must register within 15 days of making contact. But the activities are not required to be reported until the year following the lobbying. Is that soon enough?

--Have the rules Daniels implemented made it easier for you to watch who might be influencing whom?

--Are the rules tough enough?

ADVERTISEMENT
  • No way...
    ...as long as politicians are in charge of regulating themselves, it'll never change...they're too greedy and the power and money is too tempting even for the best 'christians' among them...basically they are, and always will be, bought and owned corporate whores, at least until we take the money out of the elctoral system, which of course will never happen either...basically if you're a regular citizen/ taxpayer you're screwed!

Post a comment to this blog

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT