Olympia Snowe on Ethics

Last Updated : Jan 31, 2011

Summary

Senator Snowe has argued in the past for an office of public integrity that would augment the ethics committee and provide the American people with a greater sense of oversight. Senator Snowe also supported the 2006 Lobbying Reform Bill. She stated that congress must take every step to not only correct abuses and violations of the law, but to remove even the appearance of impropriety.

 

Office of Public Integrity

In March of 2006, Senator Snowe released a press statement noting her support for the office of public integrity.

 

Lobbying Reform Bill

In March of 2006, Senator Snowe released a press statement noting her support for the lobbying reform bill that was passing the Senate.

 

Support for FEC Decision

In August of 2006, Senator Snowe released a press statement noting her support for an FEC decision to keep a provision to prevent certain ads from airing in the days running up to an election.

Voting Record

The STOCK Act - Executive Branch

In February of 2012, the Senate voted on an amendment to the STOCK Act to to ensure that the reporting requirements set forth in the STOCK Act apply to the executive branch and independent agencies. The measure passed 81-18. Olympia Snowe voted in favor of the measure.

Olympia Snowe voted in favor of the measure.

The STOCK Act - Non-Public Info

In February of 2012 the Senate voted on an amendment to the STOCK act that would require all Congress to certify that they were not trading on non-public information. The measure failed 37-61 with most Republicans supporting it and most Democrats opposing it. Olympia Snowe voted against the legislation.

Olympia Snowe voted against the legislation.

The STOCK Act

In February of 2012, the Senate passed legislation which expressed their view that insider trading laws do indeed apply to Congress. The legislation passed 96-3. Olympia Snowe voted in favor of the STOCK Act.

Olympia Snowe voted in favor of the STOCK Act.

On year Moratorium on Earmarks

In March of 2008, the senate voted on an earmark put forth by Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina. The amendment would have enacted a one year moratorium on earmarks for the 2009 fiscal year. The measure failed to pass in a 29-71 vote. Olympia Snowe voted against the one year earmark moratorium.

Olympia Snowe voted against the one year earmark moratorium.

Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007

In January of 2007, the Senate voted to pass the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 by a 96-2 margin. The legislation enacted ethics rules for Congress and lobbying. Olympia Snowe voted in favor of the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007.

Olympia Snowe voted in favor of the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007.

Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002

In 2002 Congress passed the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 which is better known by the names of its main sponsors John McCain and Russ Feingold. The legislation made changes to the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to limit the use of "soft money." It passed the Senate 60-40 in March of 2002. Olympia Snowe voted in favor of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (McCain-Feingold).

Olympia Snowe voted in favor of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (McCain-Feingold).

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-S 3335; Earmark Transparency Act - Cosponsor

Amends the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 to require the Secretary of the Senate, the Senate Sergeant of Arms, and the Clerk of the House of Representatives to begin the development of a single free public searchable website that specifies certain identifying information relating to each request by Members of Congress for congressionally directed spending items or limited tax or tariff benefits (congressional earmarks).

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