New Florida House Speaker Wants Crackdown on Lobbyists

Florida's next House speaker wants to put in place a long list of rules to crack down on lobbyists, saying he is trying to battle back perceptions of corruption and influence-peddling.

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  • Lisette in Brussels

    Corporations are already funding elections, see how Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton et al, became multimillionaires, where do you think that money came from....? Foreign and domestic lobbyist, they have been paying to play for the longest time and they set the agenda along with other special interest groups.

  • CT

    Please someone in the Trump take Pam Bondi we need a new attorney general

  • Carolyn Denslow

    4/30/2012 Monday. Message sent 4:45 pm save message from 850-414-8390 52 second Hi, this is the Florida attorney general office, I am returning a call you left us a message on on corruption wondered whether we have given up on public corruption. I am going by our office; we have no jurisdiction over public corruption. If you are referring to about the 19th statewide grand jury public corruption let me tell you that was a special circumstance involving statewide prosecutor as a Council to the statewide prosecutor grand jury but that term has finished it actually finished in 2011. So by law we no longer we have no longer any jurisdiction over corruption if you need our assistance please contact our office at 866-966-7226. Thank you and have a wonderful day. End of message sun-sentinel.com/2013-09-11/news/fl-dkcol-oped0911-20130911_1_enterprise-florida-public-corruption-dan-krassner Dan Krassner: Florida must rid itself of corruption reputation September 11, 2013|By Dan Krassner, By Dan Krassner The Sunshine State needs to take the problem of public corruption more seriously, with three of our mayors arrested in one month and Florida leading the nation in federal public corruption convictions between 2000 and 2010. Even the New York Times is calling Florida a "hothouse for corruption." A reputation for corruption hurts all Floridians and undermines the state‘s ability to attract jobs, talent and capital. Florida could repair its image and be on track for a better future if our policymakers set a goal of making our state and local governments the most open, ethical, responsive and accountable in America. Here are several solutions for Florida to achieve that goal: Finish the job of meaningful ethics reform. The state legislature passed two ethics reform laws earlier this year, but there is more work to be done to increase government transparency and accountability. Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford prioritized passage of several of the anti-corruption recommendations outlined in the nineteenth statewide grand jury report, but lawmakers still need to pass the rest. That means giving the Florida Commission on Ethics the authority to initiate investigations, tougher penalties for ethics violations, strengthening the independence of inspector generals, protecting whistle-blowers and a stronger ethics code.

  • TOPDOG1

    Rep. Richard Corcoran★★★★☆ This leaves out the obvious‘that corporations would then (probably) fund elections. However; If he does succeed in (most of) his agenda he deserves the high marks. I wish him good luck, Read below ttp://miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article35867703.html

  • TOPDOG1

    "saying he is trying to battle back perceptions of corruption and influence-peddling." I would not call these perceptions.??? I would call them observations. This all sounds great but probably just double speech from another greedy corporate puppet. All smoke no fire. Has anyone looked to see how much dark money went into his campaign?

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