Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans on introducing an ordinance on Wednesday that would create a lobbyist disclosure database that the mayor's office says would be the most comprehensive in the nation.
“I promised during the campaign to reform city government and change the way we do business at City Hall,” said Mayor Emanuel in a press release announcing the ordinance proposal. “Tomorrow I will introduce an ethics ordinance creating the most comprehensive lobbyist disclosure database in the nation – to rein in the influence of lobbyists and ensure everyone in City government is working for Chicago’s taxpayers.”
If the ordinance passes, the database would provide real-time lobbying disclosure along with the following:
- Searchable Online Registration and Reporting: Creation of a searchable online system for registration and reporting that allows disclosures to be posted in real-time.
- Gifts: Adding the term “lobbyist” to those potential gift-givers who are limited to $50 per single, non-cash gift, and $100 in cumulative gifts per calendar year.
- Loans: Adding lobbyists to the list of persons that City employees, officials or their businesses are prohibited from applying for or receiving loans from.
- Campaign Contributions: Amending semi-annual activity report form to require lobbyists to disclose all campaign contributions to City elected officials and City employees running for office.
- Revolving Door: Codifying the post-employment revolving door provisions in Mayor Emanuel’s May 16 Executive Order, which bars employees from lobbying the City after leaving City employment.