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Carnahan Outlines Ethics Reform Plan

Robin Carnahan

Democratic Senate candidate Robin Carnahan is calling for a lifetime ban on members of Congress becoming lobbyists. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore has details.

Carnahan toured the state on Tuesday, outlining an ethics and campaign finance plan she’d like to see made into law. Carnahan is the Democratic front-runner in the race to replace Sen. Kit Bond of Missouri. She laid out a three-point plan to reform what she calls “corruption and influence peddling in Washington.”

In Springfield, Carnahan made a stop at Big Momma’s Café on Commercial Street, where she spoke before a packed audience. She took several jabs at the Republican front-runner, Congressman Roy Blunt.“Between my record and Congressman Blunt’s record, he’s for continuing business as usual in Washington, and these cozy relationships with lobbyists. I’m not. He’s for continuing these special favors and backroom deals. I’m not. He’s for continuing the very worst of Washington, and I am not,” Carnahan said.Besides banning lawmakers from becoming lobbyists, Carnahan alsoproposed that legislators' staff members should wait six yearsbefore they can lobby their former employers. She proposed that thedate, times and content of all lawmakers' meetings with lobbyistsshould be made public and posted online. There are two lesser known Democrats running in the August 3rd Primary.

Also, there are several other Republicans in the primary, including State Senator Chuck Purgason.

However, Carnahan has devoted her efforts to campaigning almost exclusively against Blunt.

For KSMU News, I’m Jennifer Moore.

(KSMU's Chasity Mayes contributed to this report)