City Back Away From the Microphone…
posted by August 9 at 16:02 PMon
Chris Leman is a longtime neighborhood and good-government activist who pushes relentlessly for more openness and transparency in government.
So you’d assume Leman would consider proposed legislation requiring folks who lobby the city to register as lobbyists a good thing, right?
Not so fast: Leman showed up to rail against the lobbying proposal at Tuesday’s public safety committee meeting, calling it a “surveillance” program that would allow the council to illegally track citizen efforts to communicate with government officials.
Well, not exactly. The legislation that put Leman into a paranoid freakout only applies to professional lobbyists and “grassroots lobby” groups (like the well-funded “grassroots” Monorail Recall campaign, which spent nearly $100,000 paying an out-of-town company to gather signatures) that spend more than $10,000 a year on their lobbying efforts. Somehow I don’t think it costs Chris Leman that much to ride the bus down to City Hall.