If the internet was supposed to bring transparency to government, the internet has failed miserably. Corruption is back in a huge way, and nobody gives a flying fuck. Shane Goldmacher at National Journal says:
It's going to be a little more difficult to ferret out which members of Congress are lavished with all-expenses-paid trips around the world after the House has quietly stripped away the requirement that such privately sponsored travel be included on lawmakers' annual financial-disclosure forms.
The move, made behind closed doors and without a public announcement by the House Ethics Committee, reverses more than three decades of precedent. Gifts of free travel to lawmakers have appeared on the yearly financial form dating back its creation in the late 1970s, after the Watergate scandal. National Journal uncovered the deleted disclosure requirement when analyzing the most recent batch of yearly filings.
The fact that Congress pulled this shit in a midterm election year displays their complete confidence that nobody will care. How long will it be before the first wave of major scandals hit? Will the media have to take down a president again before we can get some new fucking campaign finance reform laws in this fucking country?