Thursday, March 15, 2007
Last week, the San Diego City Council's Rules Committee approved an overhaul of City Hall’s lobbying rules. The proposed rules would set a much stricter standard for who has to register as a lobbyist, and what they have to reveal about their activities.
Under the new rules, any lobbyist who's paid by a third party to influence City Hall, or who meets with city officials at least 10 times in 60 days, must register. The proposal passed the council's Rules Committee on a unanimous vote.
As you can imagine, a lot of lobbyists are not very happy about the new plan. And, it’s worth asking how much good it will do when it comes to checking corruption in local government.
- Stacey Fulhorst, executive director of the City of San Diego Ethics Commission
- Jim Sutton, attorney who specializes in election law and ethics. He is representing a group of local lobbying firms, trade associations and businesses