Wednesday, June 07, 2006

WHAT MAKES RINGSIDE SEATS UNETHICAL -- Per WaPo editorial:
But commission officials were eager for an opportunity to lobby the senator -- and where better than ringside? This is the point of rules on gifts: It's unseemly for lawmakers to be accepting benefits from those who are trying to influence them on legislation. The Senate Ethics Manual cautions that lawmakers "should be wary of accepting any gift where it appears that the gift is motivated by a desire to reward, influence, or elicit favorable official action."