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entucky Republican lawmaker and two libertarian candidates are claiming a First Amendment right to accept gifts from lobbyists.
State Sen. John Schickel and a pair of Libertarian Party hopefuls filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court intended to overturn state ethics laws that limit campaign contributions to $1,000 and prohibit lawmakers from accepting gifts from lobbyists and their employers, reported the Lexington Herald-Leader.
“This infringes on the legislator’s, lobbyist’s, and employer of lobbyist’s right to freedom of association, and freedom of speech,” Schickel argues in the lawsuit.
Kentucky passed ethics laws in 1992 after an FBI investigation, named Operation BOPTROT, revealed 15 elected officials — including then-House Speaker Don Blandford — in the state had been selling their votes.
Schickel complained in his lawsuit that current ethics laws prevent him from attending “holiday parties, hosted by longstanding friends, who are lobbyists or employ lobbyists.”
The United States Supreme Court held that the First Amendment prohibited the government from restricting independent political expenditures by a nonprofit corporation. The principles articulated by the Supreme Court in the case have also been extended to for-profit corporations, labor unions and other associations.
Another one says Gimme that vote, and I will make sure you won't have to pay your fair share.
originally posted by: NWOccupation
Since when does speech equal money? I mean come on. Also...
Schickel complained in his lawsuit that current ethics laws prevent him from attending “holiday parties, hosted by longstanding friends, who are lobbyists or employ lobbyists.” - from source
I mean really? They're your longstanding friend you never would have meet without them lobbying you.
Lobby - a group of people seeking to influence politicians or public officials on a particular issue
Bribe - persuade (someone) to act in one's favor, typically illegally or dishonestly, by a gift of money or other inducement
Hrm... Can I lobby a judge for my traffic tickets?
rm... Can I lobby a judge for my traffic tickets?
Lets not put down a whole states worth of people. Put the blame where it belongs. The people in the entire country can no longer be held accountable for who they elect, because even the informed voter is getting saddled with # choices and lying corrupt officials to vote for. It doesn't matter which party line you toe, they're both wings on the same sick bird.
originally posted by: openyourmind1262
Kentucky.......need I say more.