PHOENIX – Former Arizona fraud and public corruption prosecutor Andrei Cherny today pledged that, if elected, he will tell the public about each meeting he has with lobbyists by posting the meetings on his congressional website.
"People have lost faith that their government is working for them, and there's good reason for it," said Cherny. "Special interest groups have far too much influence on Capitol Hill and at the state capitols – and as a result, government isn't working for the people. We can't save the middle class without changing a rigged system."
Cherny asked the other candidates running for Congress – Democrats and Republicans – to join him and pledge to disclose meetings with lobbyists.
"In Arizona, we know all too well the consequences of loose ethics rules and how much influence the special interest groups have," said Cherny. "It's time to lift the dark cloud with ray of sunlight – and I hope everyone in this race can agree on that."
Yesterday, Cherny unveiled the toughest and most sweeping ethics reform package of any candidate running for federal office. Cherny's proposal puts a significant emphasis on openness and transparency and provides the Congressional Ethics Office with greater tools to enforce rules.