Lisa Gilbert

Opinion: Trump Is Paying Back Corporations by Wiping Out Regulations
11 protections have been lost through CRA resolutions so far

If many of President Donald Trump’s proposals become law, regular Americans — including many diehard Trump supporters — have a great deal to lose.

In the past month, this has been illustrated most clearly through Trump’s health care plan and his proposed budget, both of which would harm regular Americans to pay back the Republicans’ benefactors and corporate cronies.

Taxpayer Dollars and Disclosure in Politics | Commentary

In this year’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama couldn’t have been more transparent. He said, “[A] better politics is one where we spend less time drowning in dark money for ads that pull us into the gutter, and spend more time lifting young people up, with a sense of purpose and possibility, and asking them to join in the great mission of building America.”

Answers for Our 'Byzantine' Campaign Finance System | Commentary

The word of the day at last week’s Senate Rules and Administration Committee hearing, Dollars and Sense: How Undisclosed Money and Post-McCutcheon Campaign Finance Will Affect 2014 and Beyond, was “byzantine.” At least two witnesses and two senators used it in their stated remarks to great effect, as the definition of byzantine is a system that lacks clarity, is outmoded and is excessively complicated.

Holman and Gilbert: Pass STOCK Act to Create Fair Trading Practice

It comes as a stunning surprise to most Americans when they learn that the law against insider trading that could send you and I to prison for violating it does not apply to Congress — at least no one is clear whether the law applies to Congress — and no enforcement actions have ever been taken against Congressional insider trading.

Under current law, insider trading is defined as the buying or selling of securities or commodities based on nonpublic information in violation of confidentiality — either to the issuing company or the source of information. Congressional officials and employees in the course of official business, it is often believed, do not owe a duty of confidentiality to these sources and thus are not liable for insider trading.

Gilbert: OCE Gives Public Window Into Congress’ Self-Policing

In 2008, following a wave of Congressional corruption cases and bad behavior, the House of Representatives created the independent Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate potential ethical violations by lawmakers and recommend further action to the Ethics Committee.

One critical feature of the new office is that its reports are made public after the Ethics Committee reviews them and decides whether to take action.