Differences in Lobbying Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006

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Main article: Lobbying Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006
Differences in House vs. Senate Lobbying and Ethics Reform
Category Senate Bill House Bill
Gifts Prohibits all gifts and meals for members and staff Instruct the House Ethics Committee to recommend changes in “current dollar limitations” by Dec. 15; require unpriced tickets and passes to be priced at the highest possible value; lobbyists violating gift-giving ban would face a $50,000 fine
Travel Members and staff must get private travel certified by sponsor that it was not paid for by a lobbyist, no lobbyist will participate and no lobbyist planned trip; require members and staff to disclose non-commercial travel related to official duties and campaign travel Private travel banned until June 15, 2006 (since passed) when Ethics Committee must set guidelines; prohibits members and staff from flying on plane with lobbyist or in plane owned by lobbyist or firm, or client
Post-Congressional Employment Expands “cooling off ban” from one to two years; members must disclose negotiations with private sector employers; bans “K Street Project” badgering tactics Maintains the current one-year ban on lobbying by former members and senior staff after they leave office, but requires the Ethics Committee to notify them of when the ban begins and when it ends; change rules to prohibit members from attempting, based on political affiliation, to influence a private entity’s hiring by promising or threatening to withhold official action
Lobbyist Disclosure Requires quarterly lobbying disclosure filings; disclosure of lobbyists’ contributions to PACs, committees, past executive and congressional employment, and travel and related expenses of legislative and executive branch officials; requires disclosure of attempts to stimulate grassroots activity Requires quarterly lobbying disclosure filings; disclosure of lobbyists’ contributions to PACs, past executive and congressional employment, and travel and related expenses of legislative and executive branch officials within the past seven years; requires disclosure of attempts to stimulate grassroots activity
Earmarks Requires earmark’s to be labeled with identity of author and purpose, no later than 48 hours before any bill, amendment, or conference report is considered Requires earmarks to be listed with the sponsor’s name in appropriations bills and conference reports; conference reports must list earmarks not included in either the House or Senate bill
Holds Holds on legislation must be submitted in writing and put in the Congressional Record
527 groups Regulates 527 groups and repeals limits on party-coordinated spending
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