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  Giannoulias proposes major ethics reforms
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Last EditedRP  Jul 21, 2010 12:21pm
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AuthorABDON PALLASCH
MediaNewspaper - Chicago Sun-Times
News DateTuesday, July 20, 2010 06:20:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionDemocratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias on Tuesday proposed ethics reforms so sweeping as to appear dead-on-arrival in Washington, D.C.

He wants a total ban on corporations and lobbyists donating to candidates and a lifetime ban on senators or congressmen ever becoming lobbyists.

More modest laws passed by Congress have already been ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court, which has ruled that corporations have a First Amendment Right to free speech that includes donating to candidates.
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