, who has framed himself as a strong ethicist when it comes to campaign finance and revolving door issues, called on lawmakers to ban lobbyists from bundling
in his State of the Union
address Tuesday night. A government watchdog was quick to praise the proposal, but said it left much to be desired.
"This is an important but small step toward severing the ties between elected officials and the special interests hoping to influence them through campaign cash," Public Campaign's president and CEO Nick Nyhart said in a statement."It is the big money behind the lobbyists that's the problem. It's not the hired guns, but those that hire them. You've got to go after the boss. We need big solutions."
Nyhart continued: "President Obama should be commended for his speech to address the 'corrosive influence of money in politics.' But he and Congress must also push a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and pass legislation like the Fair Elections Now Act that would emphasize small donors in our political system."