In response to the many strong comments, and Pam Wilmot’s detailed post, I have to retract. The Prez seems to have given me some campaign finance gold, and I missed the ethics coal stuck in the bill.
I haven’t always been the biggest fan of the Senate President (I remember ‘ka-ching’), but today, she’s my hero.
Yesterday, Senate Ethics Chair Fred Berry and Senate President Murray released their first take on ethics reform legislation. Warning: the Globe missed the lead, trying to emphasize a Senate President v. Governor angle, rather than the actual good work going here.
The bill strengthens the hands of ethics investigators and bans all contributions from lobbyists.
This is an important step. Now, the devil is in the details. What about the contributions lobbyists bring in from other people in big, fat envelopes? It would be great to see what the experts at Common Cause and MassINC and MASSPIRG have to say on this, but I’m also interested in you guys, the blogosphere. I think this bill could help a lot. Will it? What amendments should strengthen it when it hits the Senate floor or goes to conference?