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The Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 (Pub.L. 110-81, 121 Stat. 735, enacted September 14, 2007) is a law of the United States federal government that amended parts of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995. It strengthens public disclosure requirements concerning lobbying activity and funding, places more restrictions on gifts for members of Congress and their staff, and provides for mandatory disclosure of earmarks in expenditure bills. The bill was signed into law by President George W. Bush on September 15, 2007.[1 ]


Bill sponsors

Main Sponsor: Harry Reid


  • Sen Bennett, Robert F. [UT] – 1/4/2007
  • Sen Brown, Sherrod [OH] – 1/8/2007
  • Sen Cantwell, Maria [WA] – 1/4/2007
  • Sen Collins, Susan M. [ME] – 1/4/2007
  • Sen Durbin, Richard [IL] – 1/4/2007
  • Sen Feinstein, Dianne [CA] – 1/4/2007
  • Sen Lautenberg, Frank R. [NJ] – 1/4/2007
  • Sen Leahy, Patrick J. [VT] – 1/4/2007
  • Sen Lieberman, Joseph I. [CT] – 1/4/2007
  • Sen Lott, Trent [MS] – 1/4/2007
  • Sen McConnell, Mitch [KY] – 1/4/2007
  • Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] – 1/4/2007
  • Sen Mikulski, Barbara A. [MD] – 1/4/2007
  • Sen Salazar, Ken [CO] – 1/9/2007
  • Sen Schumer, Charles E. [NY] – 1/4/2007
  • Sen Stabenow, Debbie [MI] – 1/4/2007
  • Sen Webb, Jim [VA] – 1/4/2007


Both 2008 presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain offered amendments to the act, although neither were official cosponsors of the final act. The uncontroversial bill passed easily by an 83–14 margin, with Obama voting for and McCain voting against.[2]


  1. ^ Babington, Charles; Associated Press (2007-09-15). "Bush Signs Lobby-Ethics Bill". Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-10-17.  
  2. ^ ".S. Senate Roll Call Votes 110th Congress – 1st Session." United States Senate. Retrieved 14 August, 2009.

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