Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards promises to crack down on corporate influence in Washington if he’s elected. Edwards says he would prevent politicians from taking campaign contributions from lobbyists. He would also “close the revolving door” which allows lobbyists to take a government job, then turn around and leave that job to lobby the government. Edwards says when people leave a government job, they should be prevented for the next five years from lobbying the people they used to work with in the federal government. Edwards says he is the only presidential candidate, Democrat or Republican, who has never taken money from federal lobbyists or Political Action Committees. Republican party officials charge Edwards, who is an attorney, has accepted thousands of dollars from peers in the “trial lawyer industry.” Edwards has been campaigning in Iowa this week. Edwards has been campaigning in Iowa this week and delivered a speech at Iowa State University last night.
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