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S.3272 - Close the Revolving Door Act of 2010
A bill to provide greater controls and restrictions on revolving door lobbying.
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. LIFETIME BAN ON MEMBERS OF CONGRESS FROM LOBBYING.
‘(1) MEMBERS OF CONGRESS- Any person who is a Senator, a Member of the House of Representatives or an elected officer of the Senate or the House of Representatives and who after that person leaves office, knowingly makes, with the intent to influence, any communication to or appearance before any Member, officer, or employee of either House of Congress or any employee of any other legislative office of the Congress, on behalf of any other person (except the United States) in connection with any matter on which such former Senator, Member, or elected official seeks action by a Member, officer, or employee of either House of Congress, in his or her official capacity, shall be punished as provided in section 216 of this title.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. CONGRESSIONAL STAFF.
SEC. 4. IMPROVED REPORTING OF LOBBYISTS ACTIVITIES.
‘(1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House of Representatives shall maintain a joint lobbyist disclosure Internet database for information required to be publicly disclosed under this Act which shall be an easily searchable Web site called lobbyists.gov with a stated goal of simplicity of usage.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 5. LOBBYIST REVOLVING DOOR TO CONGRESS.
(a) In General- Any person who is a registered lobbyist or an agent of a foreign principal may not within 6 years after that person leaves such position be hired by a Member or committee of either House of Congress with whom the registered lobbyist or an agent of a foreign principal has had substantial lobbying contact.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Waiver- This section may be waived in the Senate or the House of Representatives by the Committee on Ethics or the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct based on a compelling national need.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Substantial Lobbying Contact- For purposes of this section, in determining whether a registered lobbyist or agent of a foreign principal has had substantial lobbying contact within the applicable period of time, the Member or committee of either House of Congress shall take into consideration whether the individual’s lobbying contacts have pertained to pending legislative business, or related to solicitation of an earmark or other Federal funding, particularly if such contacts included the coordination of meetings with the Member or staff, involved presentations to staff, or participation in fundraising exceeding the mere giving of a personal contribution. Simple social contacts with the Member or committee of either House of Congress and staff, shall not by themselves constitute substantial lobbying contacts.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 6. PAYMENT FOR CHARTER FLIGHTS BY CAMPAIGN FUNDS AND DISCLOSURE OF CERTAIN AIR TRAVEL WITH A LOBBYIST BY A SENATOR.
(A) by striking ‘a candidate for election for Federal office (other than a candidate who is subject to paragraph (2)), or any authorized committee of such a candidate, may not make any expenditure for a flight on an aircraft’ in the matter preceding subparagraph (A) and inserting ‘in the case of a candidate for election to Federal office (other than a candidate who is subject to paragraph (2)), no political committee may make any expenditure for travel by such a candidate, or for travel on behalf of such a candidate, by means of a flight on an aircraft (regardless of whether such travel is in connection with an election for Federal office)’, andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 7. BAN ON LOBBYISTS MAKING CASH CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS.
SEC. 8. REPORTING BY SUBSTANTIAL LOBBYING ENTITIES.
‘SEC. 6A. REPORTING BY SUBSTANTIAL LOBBYING ENTITIES.
‘(a) In General- A substantial lobbying entity shall file on an annual basis with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and the Secretary of the United States Senate a list of any employee, individual under contract, or individual who provides paid consulting services who is--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(C) had a job title at any time while employed as a congressional staff person that contained any of the following terms: ‘Chief of Staff’, ‘Legislative Director’, ‘Staff Director’, ‘Counsel’, ‘Professional Staff Member’, ‘Communications Director’, or ‘Press Secretary’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(b) Contents of Filing- The filing required by this section shall contain a brief job description of each such employee, individual under contract, or individual who provides paid consulting services, and an explanation of their work experience under subsection (a) that requires this filing.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(c) Improved Reporting of Substantial Lobbying Entities- The Joint Web site being maintained by the Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House of Representatives, known as lobbyists.gov, shall include an easily searchable database entitled ‘Substantial Lobbying Entities’ that includes qualifying employees, individuals under contract, or individuals who provide paid consulting services, under subsection (a).CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(d) Law Enforcement Oversight- The Clerk of the House of Representatives and the Secretary of the Senate shall provide a copy of the filings of substantial lobbying entities to the District of Columbia United States Attorney, to allow the District of Columbia United States Attorney to determine whether any such entities are underreporting the Federal lobbying activities of its employees, individuals under contract, or individuals who provide paid consulting services.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(e) Substantial Lobbying Entity- In this section, the term ‘substantial lobbying entity’ means an incorporated entity that employs more than 3 federally registered lobbyists during a filing period.’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink