Boston Globe – Galvin: Lobbying laws are flawed

Galvin: Lobbying laws are flawed

Investigative powers are needed, he says

By Andrea Estes

Globe Staff / June 13, 2008

Secretary of State William F. Galvin said yesterday that he wants to strengthen lobbying disclosure laws to give his office investigative powers, after being rebuffed in his attempt to question Massachusetts ticket brokers about their hiring of a close friend of House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi.

“The current law is supposed to provide for full disclosure,” Galvin said. “But if people choose to ignore the law to avoid detection, or are not completely thorough and truthful, I don’t have the tools to compel their total disclosure. That shouldn’t be the case.”

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