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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) today announced the final passage of bipartisan legislation that will require lobbyists to disclose convictions of bribery, extortion, embezzlement, illegal kickbacks, tax evasion and money laundering.  Both the House and the Senate have now voted in favor of S.2896.

S.2896, the Justice Against Corruption on K Street Act, is known as the JACK Act for lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who was convicted of tax fraud and bribery.  Abramoff did not have to disclose his criminal history on his registration when he re-registered as a federal lobbyist in 2017.

“The JACK Act will provide much-needed transparency to Capitol Hill.  Corrupt lobbyists need to be brought into the sunlight, especially if they’re wearing $6,000 suits,” said Sen. Kennedy.  “Political leaders and businesses need to know who’s sitting in front of them.  Transparency is the best way to clean up the corruption in Washington.  Even cockroaches are scared of sunlight.”