GOP nominee Donald Trump unveiled a five-point plan for ethics reform to "drain the swamp in Washington, D.C." on Monday night.
His plan takes direct aim at lobbyists, particularly those who may attempt to hide their work by using titles such as "consultant" or "adviser" but are not registered lobbyists.
"First: 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.Second: I am going to ask Congress to institute its own 5-year ban on lobbying by former members of Congress and their staffs.Third: I am going to expand the definition of lobbyist so we close all the loopholes that former government officials use by labeling themselves consultants and advisors when we all know they are lobbyists.Fourth: I am going to issue a lifetime ban against senior executive branch officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.Fifth: I am going to ask Congress to pass a campaign finance reform that prevents registered foreign lobbyists from raising money in American elections."
Trump's plan for ethics reform comes as the GOP nominee's presidential campaign is working to repair his image among voters. Audio unearthed earlier this month revealed Trump talking about using his celebrity status to sexually take advantage of women. His third wife, Melania Trump, appeared on television on Monday in defense of her husband.
The release of an ethics reform plan looks to be the Trump campaign's newest effort to shift public attention toward the ethical failings of the federal government as opposed to the GOP nominee's previous missteps.