WFB: Senator’s anti-lobbying plan appears to punish corporations while strengthening labor lobbyists.
Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren’s anti-lobbying tax appears to leave union lobbyists and other Democratic interests untouched.
Sen. Warren (D., Mass.) proposed to tax corporations and trade groups that hire lobbyists amid other reforms to crack down on what she calls “legalized bribery.” The plan, which she debuted on Medium and her campaign website, made no mention of whether it would apply to lobbyists representing labor unions or other interest groups.
Paul Miller, president of the National Institute for Lobbying and Ethics, criticized Warren’s selective lobbying tax as a “political gimmick” that punishes all lobbying activities except those that benefit the senator. He said her “very specific talk about corporate lobbyists” indicates that the same measures would not apply to ideological or labor lobbyists.
“It spells out things that corporate lobbyists would not be able to do, but it does not make the same points for labor lobbyists,” Miller, a registered lobbyist, told the Washington Free Beacon. “A lobbyist is a lobbyist. I don’t care if you represent corporate interests or labor issues. The law should apply to everybody.”
Warren’s campaign did not respond to requests for comment about the details of the plan. more