Donald Trump floats new lobbying bans

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin, U.S. October 17, 2016. 

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Donald Trump on Monday unveiled a five-point ethics reform plan that includes a five-year ban on lobbying by former lawmakers and their staffs as well as former executive branch officials.

In a campaign press release, Trump said he would call on Congress to pass legislation to make his proposal a reality.

“I am going to re-institute a 5-year ban on all executive branch officials lobbying the government for 5 years after they leave government service. I am going to ask Congress to pass this ban into law so that it cannot be lifted by executive order,” the release said.

Trump added that he’s going to ask Congress “to institute its own 5-year ban on lobbying by former members of Congress and their staffs.” He also said he would issue a “lifetime ban against senior executive branch officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.”

The GOP presidential nominee said he would also expand the definition of a lobbyist to close loopholes used by former government officials.

Lastly, Trump said he would ask Congress to pass campaign finance reform “that prevents foreign lobbyists from raising money” in U.S. elections.

Trump outlined his plan at a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin Monday night -- a key battleground state up for grabs.

In an interview in June with CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Trump indicated he would “have no problem” banning big donors and lobbyists from working in his administration if elected president. 

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