March 18, 2016 •
Bills Introduced Requiring Disclosure of Political Intelligence Activities
On March 17, two bills were introduced into the U.S. Congress requiring the disclosure of political intelligence activities.
House Resolution 4809, The Political Intelligence Transparency Act, was introduced by Rep. Louise McIntosh Slaughter and Rep. John J. Duncan. This bill would subject individuals engaged in political intelligence to the same regulations and requirements as lobbyists, according to Slaughter’s press release. The bill amends the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA) by requiring registration and reporting of activities and imposes revolving door restrictions for members of Congress, executive branch officials, and their staff. An exemption exists in the bill for members of the media.
Sen. Chuck Grassley introduced Senate Bill 2738, a different bill also amending the LDA to require disclosure of political intelligence activities.
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