Milne Proposes “Leahy Rule” to Prohibit Lobbying by Immediate Family Members
Montpelier, VT (September 13, 2016) – In response to VT Digger’s story the tangled web of impropriety that in Leahy’s world passes for business as usual, U.S. Senate candidate Scott Milne today held a press conference in the Cedar Creek Room of the Vermont Statehouse to set forth legislation to outlaw such impropriety.
“The drip, drip, drip of revelations about Sen. Leahy’s cozy relationship with a host of special interests should have us all questioning if we still know the man we sent to Washington, DC 42 years ago, in 1974,” said Milne.
“In May, we learned . . . contrary to his claims of never accepting corporate-sponsored travel, Sen. Leahy has in fact, taken $34,000 worth of such trips . . .
“In July, Seven Days reported that Sen. Leahy helped a big defense contractor score a $15.8 million government contract and then weeks later accepted thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from its parent company.
“In August, we heard Leahy talk a big game regarding the outrageous price increases of Mylan’s EpiPen. What he didn’t tell us was that he had accepted over $20,000 in campaign contributions from Mylan and its CEO. When this fact was reported, Leahy insisted that what matters are his words, not his deeds. I think Vermonters know talk is cheap.
“By the way, Mylan’s CEO is the daughter of another Senator—she made 18 million dollars last year.
“And now, we learn that for years, Sen. Leahy has been carrying water for the Hollywood special interests that employ his daughter as a DC lobbyist advocating bills pending before Sen. Leahy’s committee. Leahy insists there is nothing to see here, but Vermonters cannot help but be taken aback by the tangled web of impropriety that in Leahy’s world passes for business as usual.
“As if the $400,000 Hollywood has thrown at Sen. Leahy over the past few years was not enough, they hired his daughter to lead their congressional lobbying in a practice ethics experts criticize.
“It should not be this hard to know just who Sen. Leahy is really working for. But if Vermonters elect me in November, there will be no doubt: I will be working only for you – the people of Vermont.
“In my first act as a Senator, I will sponsor legislation called ‘The Leahy Rule’ to outlaw this shady practice of relatives of Senators or House members lobbying Congress or federal agencies.
“We have a long way to go to restore confidence in our federal government. We simply cannot solve the many important issues facing Americans until we cut off the unhealthy influence of special interests and retire the career politicians who do their bidding,” Milne stated.