October 18, 2016 •
Five-Point Ethics Reform Plan Proposed by Presidential Candidate Trump
On October 17, U.S. presidential candidate Donald J. Trump revealed a five-point ethics reform plan he intends to implement if elected. The proposal calls for a five-year ban on federal lobbying by executive branch officials, members of Congress, and congressional staff once they leave governmental service. It also calls for a lifetime ban on senior executive branch officials lobbying on behalf of foreign governments.
The plan will expand the definition of lobbying to include former government officials “labeling themselves consultants and advisors when we all know they are lobbyists,” according to the candidate’s campaign press release. Included in the ethics package is a request for Congress to pass legislation prohibiting registered foreign lobbyists from raising money for U.S. elections.
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