A Boston Globe editorial today entitled “It came from the ethics swamp” notes that many House Democrats are unsupportive of the lobbying reform measures that marked their own 2006 campaign.
"The root problem is the amount of money we have to raise," [Congressman Michael Capuano] said. "It's ridiculous. It's obscene." Agreed. But until the US Supreme Court allows absolute limits on campaign spending, restrictions on lobbying and fund-raising techniques are the only way to "break the links" that so offend voters.
I don’t have time to check the references, but I believe the Supreme Court cited those ever-pesky 1st amendment rights to free speech when it decided not to allow limits on campaign spending by individuals. The Globe Editorial board would be more honest if they explained in detail why they wish to strip these individuals of their 1st amendment rights.