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Jeff Birnbaum of the Washington Post explains a little-known court case involving a Congressional police officer that may effect future bribery and corruption charges brought against lawmakers in the Jack Abramoff scandal. … Shareholder activists are leading a push to force corporations to make available online their political ties and contributions, according to the Los Angeles Times. … United Parcel Services has spent more money on political contributions over the past 15 years than any other company, according to Bloomberg. Now, they are asking for a return on their investment. … Roll Call’s K Street Files reports that the business group Committee for Economic Development has thrown its weight behind lobbying and ethics reform. … One ex-lobbyist campaigns for another ex-lobbyist in Georgia, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. … The Senate may pick up lobbying and ethics reform legislation the day after the St. Patrick’s Day recess ends, but only for one day, according to Roll Call, as Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) wants to move on to immigration reform. … According to Roll Call, “The Senate Ethics Committee signed off last year on a unique arrangement between the office of Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Mont.) and the Montana State University telecommunications center that bears his name.”

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