Progress happens in the states

The Center for Public Integrity has a great report out on lobbying reform laws passed in statehouses across the country -- 24 states have passed lobbying disclosure laws since 2003. And eight more are currently considering or working on revamping lobbyist disclosure.

Contrast that with the U.S. Senate: "In comparison, while the Senate Office of Public Records began putting federal lobby spending reports on the Internet in 2001, federal lobbying disclosure laws haven't been modified in the last eight years."

Facts like these lend credence to David Sirota and Nathan Newman's ideas behind the Progressive Legislation Action Network, a new organization dedicated to spreading research and advocacy tools to "forward-thinking state legislators" in all 50 states.

Sirota and Newman wrote a long piece for In These Times making the case that there's a lot of room for serious progressive reforms at the state level.

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

Close
alternet logo

Tough Times

Demand honest news. Help support AlterNet and our mission to keep you informed during this crisis.