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Bringing Political Intelligence Agents Out of the Shadows

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Published on Mar 23, 2012

Senator Chuck Grassley will continue to work to enact legislation requiring the agents of the $400 million political intelligence industry to disclose their interests, as lobbyists do. These operatives collect information from Congress and federal agencies and sell the information to Wall Street firms. This week, the majority leader of the United States Senate dealt a blow for good government and transparency by using his power to shut out Senator Grassley's effort. It was a victory for Wall Street and those who prefer the secrecy of the status quo. It was a defeat for the American people and the overwhelming majority in Congress that supports the legislation.

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