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Lobbyists don't need encouragement to influence legislators

Published: December 13, 2013

Should lobbyists be allowed to give any money, meals or favors as they grease legislation through the Legislature? New ethics proposals allowing lobbyists to increase, from $100 to $500, the goodies per legislator to “influence” them is Ethics Commission Director Lee Slater's idea of updating ethics regulations. Additionally, Slater wants higher donation limits in state races. Really? I think they're doing plenty of damage now.

With the U.S. Supreme Court sanctioning no limits on wealthy and corporate donors, and with their ability to endlessly hide their true money sources, the last thing Oklahoma needs are even more green lights encouraging local lobbyists.

Elin Bhaird, Oklahoma City