by Max Brantley
As promised, the Better Ethics Now Committee has a website up and running. But it's still in development. The donate portion is not yet hooked into an on-line pay link. But they are working on the fly.
Better Ethics is the committee formed to raise money to get signatures necessary to put the Regnat Populus 2012 ethics law initiative on the ballot. It would ban corporate contributions to political candidates, ending gift-giving to legislators and institute a two-year rule on legislators becoming lobbyists (it still wouldn't apply to people like U.S. Rep. Mike Ross who's already hit the door to the lobby before even walking through the congressional exit door.)
PS — If this measure passes — and let's hope — would it end corporate subsidized junkets for lawmakers. Wouldn't that amount to a gift to lawmakers, to take them on below-cost trips to be plied with food, drinks and cookie cutter legislation (thinking ALEC here).