The Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007, which Congress passed last year to reign in some lobbying and ethics problems, is about as controversial as cup cakes or the tooth fairy. Except if you're the National Association of Manufactures (NAM), one of the countries' biggest corporate lobby groups.
Apparently, NAM thinks this law just isn't for them. It cramps their style so much that they don't just oppose the law. They have filed a lawsuit against it – to actually invalidate the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act.
And what's more: you won't find a lobby group in America more dedicated to demolishing the legal rights of injured people. This all recently came up during the battle over the ill-fated nomination of NAM's lobbyist Michael Baroody, to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
So in the universe where NAM lives, a family shouldn't have the right to sue the manufacturers of a defectively designed crib. But take away their right to cover up their membership as they wine and dine politicians, and they're knocking down the courthouse door!