Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Grover Norquist, Christian conservatives fight lobby bill

Fearing the loss of their direct line to Bush, Americans for Tax Reform and several Christian activist groups want to block the Democrats proposed legislation that would limit the ability of big-money scam artists like Abramoff to bribe conservative lawmakers.

The Seattle Times: As the U.S. Senate debated an ethics bill tonight, anti-abortion groups and other organizations of social conservatives were unleashing a major cyber-lobbying effort to amend the bill, which they say is "written to isolate pro-family and conservative Christian organizations."

They were getting some help from a longtime friend of Jack Abramoff, the lobbyist whose scandal spurred the reform moves.

The groups say that proposed restrictions and regulation of "grassroots lobbying" would put heavy burdens on citizen groups wanting to lobby Congress. They worry that the section in question defines a constituent contacting a lawmaker as "grassroots lobbying." Continue reading ...


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