For Immediate Release
Contact: Jean Weinberg
CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE JIM CRAIG CALLS FOR END TO CULTURE OF CORRUPTION AND
PROPOSES ETHICS AND LOBBYING REFORM IN WASHINGTON“It’s time to fight for affordable healthcare, quality education and energy reform
not lobbyists.” – Jim Craig
(MAY 31, 2006)— Today, Jim Craig, Congressional Candidate in New Hampshire’s First District is calling for an end to the culture of corruption in Washington. Jim Craig proposes real lobbying reform and increased transparency and honesty from Congress.
“The only way to make real change in Washington is to enforce real ethical standards that do away with the culture of corruption,” Jim said. “It’s time to change the way business is done in Washington. It’s time to fight for affordable healthcare, quality education and energy reform not lobbyists.”
Jim Craig is fighting for real reform to clean up the Do-Damage Congress. As NH State House Democratic Leader, Jim voted to establish an executive branch ethics committee. [SB206-FN 2006] “We’ve proven in the state house that we can work together to make change, I pledge to the same in Washington.” Jim said.
Jim Craig supports real Ethics and Lobbying Reform including:
Ø Establish an Ethics Committee - Establish a bipartisan task force to review ethics oversight and enforcement. Requires the Government Accountability Office to investigate and report on the effectiveness of the House and Senate offices
Ø Ban lobbyist giveaways – Eliminate lobbyist funded travel, meals and gifts
Ø Shut the Revolving Door - E xtend from 1 to 2 years waiting period before members or staff can lobby Congress. Requires public disclosure when negotiating future employment.
Ø Require Public Disclosure - Double the civil penalty for failing to file lobbying reports, requires registered lobbyists to disclose members of Congress and senior executive branch officials with whom they have made lobbying contacts. Require lobbyists to disclose money spent on “grassroots” lobbying activities. R equire members of Congress to disclose detailed itineraries of trips
Jim Craig, a life-long resident of Manchester, has represented the 9th District of Hillsborough County in the New Hampshire State House for eight years. As the Democratic Leader, Jim earned a solid reputation for working across party lines to build a lasting, bipartisan consensus that represents the mainstream values of New Hampshire residents.