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Members Push for Independent Ethics Commission:

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Contending that the House and Senate ethics committees have failed to do their jobs, Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) “outlined a plan for an ethics enforcement commission that would receive complaints from the public as well as from legislators, have subpoena and deposition powers, and could present cases to the House and Senate ethics committees or the Justice Department.” The Associated Press reports on Obama’s efforts in the Senate to create an outside enforcement body and the efforts of Marty Meehan (D-MA) and Chris Shays (R-CT) to do the same in the House. Meehan and Shays “introduced a bill to create an office of public integrity - a professional, independent, nonpartisan office to investigate ethics complaints.”

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Meehan Opposes Folding 527 Reform Into Lobby Reform:

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Rep. Marty Meehan (D-MA) has insisted that his 527 campaign finance reform bill should not be folded into a lobbying reform package as is being suggested by Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) and other Republicans.  The co-sponsor of Meehan’s 527 reform, Rep. Chris Shays (R-CT), has sided with Meehan stating, “If 527 reform is going to turn the debate on cleaning up lobbying into partisan bickering, I’d prefer to see an up-or-down vote on two clean bills.”  Meehan and Shays also fear the Republican leadership will include language from another 527 reform proposed by Representatives Mike Pence (R-IN) and Albert Wynn (D-MD) because it could prove a “Trojan horse for gutting the McCain-Feingold law.”

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