January 18, 2007: Senate passes Democrats’ ethics bill (AP)

  • Fred Wertheimer of Democracy 21, part of a coalition of groups pressing for lobbying reform, said the groups were disappointed with the votes on grass-roots lobbying and the Office of Public Integrity. But he said the bill responded to the “deep concerns of the American people about corruption and ethics problems in Congress” and “will change the way business is done in the Senate.”