Hi, citizen. We can rest easy, now. That part was defeated.
"The Senate last night also voted 55-43 to adopt a Republican amendment that deleted a provision of the ethics bill that would have expanded the definition of lobbyist to include grass-roots organizers, possibly including ministers and neighborhood groups.
Under the legislation, grass-roots organizations that attempt to "influence the general public" to contact members of Congress would have to register as lobbyists and file financial reports -- or face a $200,000 fine.
Democrats had fought unsuccessfully to keep the provision in the bill. "
It is from the 1/19/06 edition of The Washignton Times.On the second page. The vote was taken after your posting, I expect. I've been watching this proposal for some time and thought it was a really bad idea, too.