Well it seems the initial wind has gone out the sails of the lobbying reforms Democratic leaders in Congress pledged to pass after the mid-term elections. Different versions of the bills in the House and Senate to regulate lobbying activity and promote greater transparency have yet to be reconciled and at the center of the debate is that sneaky arrow in the quiver of big money: bundling.
Seems House leaders aren't wild about asking their bundlers -- those who act as fundraising lieutenants, collecting maximum contributions from friends and associates for their candidate -- to disclose who they're collecting money from. Bundlers, many of them lobbyists, get credit from the candidates for their fundraising activities; surely voters have an interest in knowing what benefits these bundlers incur for their work. Asking that they only disclose their personal gift and not the others they solicited and brought in is only giving half a picture of the power exchange at work.
Perhaps Congress needs a little kick in the pants to remind them that in November 2006 voters told them to clean up their act and take meaningful action to cut the influence of big money on politics and policy. Sign up as a citizen co-sponsor of Fair and Clean Elections legislation for Congress that, by offering full public financing for congressional elections, take the teeth out of big money and its bundlers.