Assessing Ballard's new rules

December 9, 2009
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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?

  • No way... 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!

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