LETTER: Needed: Separation of Congress, lobbyists
To the Editor:
My first awareness of husband and wife tag teams in Congress was South Dakota's Tom Daschle and Linda Hall Daschle. In this case it has to do with L-3 Communications security machines at airports. The government had to purchase a certain percentage of these airport scanners from L-3 Communications.
Now we hear about the poster child for Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), Rep. Mike Rogers and his wife Kristi Clemens Rogers. Kristi just happened to secure a $10 billion dollar government deal as past president and CEO of Aegis LLC, a "security defense contractor company."
No elected official should be able to be in office if they have a lobbyist spouse. Even if they are caught in the act of a conspiracy, the U.S. Constitution does not allow the government to have them testify against each other.
The elimination of lobbyist spouses of elected officials would go a long way in salvaging this nation.