Thursday, October 19, 2006

Morning Call Endorses Lois Murphy

The Allentown Morning Call has endorses Lois Murphy for the 6th congressional district in Pennsylvania. Murphy is the Democratic challenger to incumbent Republican Jim Gerlach. The full endorsement is here. This is an excerpt:

Mrs. Murphy has developed a detailed list of reforms regarding lobbyist disclosure, including: Registered federal lobbyists and members of Congress must disclose quarterly the names of those they met with on Capitol Hill, with a database kept on the Internet for public review. Members and their staffs should wait for two years after leaving before they can be registered lobbyists.

Mrs. Murphy has both ethical and fiscal concerns regarding earmarks in federal legislation. She believes members of Congress should disclose personal or financial interests in people or organizations with control over earmarks. Members also would be prohibited from supporting funding for earmarks requested by other members in exchange for specific votes on legislation.

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