Monday, January 18, 2010

Underground lobbying

Weird.  It looks like rational actors respond to incentives:
Ellen Miller, co-founder of the Sunlight Foundation, has spent years arguing for rules to force more disclosure of how lobbyists and private interests shape public policy. Until recently, she herself registered as a lobbyist, too, publicly reporting her role in the group’s advocacy of even more reporting. Not anymore.
In light of strict new regulations imposed by Congress over the last two years, Ms. Miller joined a wave of policy advocates who are choosing not to declare themselves as lobbyists.
So, in an effort to regulate lobbying, the government has made lobbying less observable.  Good move.  This strikes me as a good example of negislation.

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