[link] According to lobbyists and ethics experts, even if Hastert's proposal is enacted, members of Congress and their staffs could still travel the world on an interest group's expense and eat steak on a lobbyist's account at the priciest restaurants in Washington.
The only requirement would be that whenever a lobbyist pays the bill, he or she must also hand the lawmaker a campaign contribution. Then the transaction would be perfectly okay.
So, if a free steak or round of golf wasn't enough, now you get a check to drive the bribe home. What did I just say about laugh tests? You couldn't make this stuff up. Foxes and henhouses indeed.