Comment on Prohibiting the Use of Appropriations for the Payment of Certain Costs Involved in Lobbying the Congress

B-206391,B-217896: Oct 30, 1985

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A Senator's letter requested that GAO review and comment upon a draft bill to prohibit the use of appropriations for the payment of certain costs involved in lobbying the Congress. We endorse the objective of enacting into permanent law appropriate restrictions on the use of Federal funds by the executive branch for lobbying Congress. While at present there are a number of legal prohibitions against the use of appropriated funds by executive branch agencies and departments for lobbying activities, each one has shortcomings that limit its effectiveness.