And no, we’re not talking about age or temper, although we could. I mean an unhealthy relationship with lobbyists/corporate interests. Which is why the Begich for Senate campaign in Alaska has just released an ethics pledge and an ethics plan, which has this to say:
2) Lobbyist Disclosure
Problem: Recent ethics reforms helped reign in the cozy relationship between lobbyists and senators, but failed to provide enough detail to truly track what provisions lobbyists are seeking and who they are lobbying. Reforms also left the door open for Senate spouses to still lobby members if they were registered lobbyists at least one year prior to the most recent election of their spouse to office. These loopholes leave the door open for Senator’s family members to still gain personally from their close connection to the Senator. It also leaves to many unanswered questions about who is lobbying Alaska’s senators and what they are trying to get. Alaskans should be able to answer these questions without having to hunt through cumbersome files.
Solution: Lobbyists should have to report on their disclosure form the senators or committees they are lobbying, specific provisions or projects within legislation they are lobbying for, which, if any, senators or senior staff they are related to, and what provisions or projects they secured. In addition, senators should have to disclose on their website whether any of their family members are registered lobbyists and link to Senate lobbying disclosures for those family members.
I assume this means lobbyists have to actually register of lobbyists, to the chagrin of Rick Davis.