Washington, DC – The National Institute For Lobbying & Ethics is disappointed and troubled by the President’s pardon of Dinesh D’Souza yesterday. Mr. D’Souza pled guilty in 2014 to several campaign finance violations.
“Today continues to take us down a dangerous path and a sad day for our profession.” Stated Paul A. Miller, President of the National Institute For Lobbying & Ethics. “The public has always seen us as bag men and this pardon only continues that myth. This pardon sends the message that illegally funneling campaign money to the “right” candidate now comes with a get out of jail free card,” added Miller.
NILE is also urging the President to rethink commuting the sentence of former Congressman and Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who was found guilty in 2014 of attempting to trade the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama for money and favors.
“What message are we sending to people when we pardon convicted felons, who have betrayed the public’s trust and abused their power all in the name of profiting off it,” claimed Miller.
“These pardons may not mean much to some, but they should be a wake-up call to our profession because it’s going be us who bare the brunt of these actions. The November elections are less than five months away and you can bet our profession will be a target. You an expect the faces of this profession to be Flynn, Manafort, Gates, Cohen, D’Souza, and Blagojevich. Time for our profession to have its own Times Up type moment,” concluded Miller.
NILE continues to push for comprehensive reforms to the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA). In 2017 NILE released A Path Forward to the Future, which offers insights into the challenges facing the profession today and changes that need to be made to the LDA.
The National Institute For Lobbying & Ethics is the professional association representing those in the lobbying, grass-roots, public-policy and advocacy profession.