Wall Street-Washington links must be disclosed

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 15, 2013 - 5:46 PM

It’s common knowledge that the well-heeled lobbying industry in Washington, D.C., daily deploys an army of power-suited staffers to seek out sympathetic lawmakers and shape public policy to clients’ liking.

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Packman_1Jun. 16, 13 6:57 AM

The Editorial board seems to hold out hope that Congress isn't yet fully owned by Wall street and the lobbyists. I wish they were right but after the neutering of the STOCK Act, I have no such hope.

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dsteele04Jun. 16, 13 8:37 AM

Our failure to remove flagrant conflicts of interest is responsible for allowing creation of our many problems and prevents needed change. One wouldn't allow conflicts of interest to remain in our business because it would lead to demise. This is how we lost our democracy. Unpatriotic statement, or such that would have come from the mouths of our founding fathers under such circumstance? It's time to focus public attention on long standing flagrant conflicts of interest, and to remind ourselves of how we've had to remove them before. The most flagrant of such has been shameful news media ownership, which today has escalated to new levels of such.

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kwilksJun. 17, 13 1:17 PM

The finale report of this should identify the firms that contract the lobbyists and how many lobbyists that they use; and the size of the contributions that the employees of these firms make to congress and the president. That will say more than all the blather that will come out of this investigation.

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birdlivesJun. 19, 13 5:31 PM

Sure, the Wall Street people want to help out the poor people and be more open on how they give money to candidates that also believe that Wall Street is just a bunch of guys hanging around. Guys who make millions and do not pay the same taxes as a man making $50,000 a year. Now please excuse me, I need to rush down to the bank to send a money wire transfer of $35,000 to the woman in Nigeria that she will use to bribe the bank president. Then she will get ten million dollars that she said she will split with me.

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