One of Hillary Clinton's favorite attacks on Barack Obama of late has been to belitle a lobbying reform bill of his that, it turns out, she praised on the Senate floor last February.
Clinton has been mocking Obama lately for the alleged lameness of his ethics reform bill, which prohibits legislators from having lunch with lobbyists, and which he touted at the Jan. 6 New Hampshire debate when asked to name his biggest Senate accomplishment.
"And then, you know, Charlie Gibson said, 'Well, wait a minute. You can have lunch if you're standing up, not if you're sitting down.' " Clinton said Sunday on "Meet the Press." "So if that's his main claim for legislative accomplishment, people deserve to know that."
But as NBC's First Read first reported today, Clinton offered high praise for the "sweeping" bill last January.
"The American public deserves to be certain that their elected officials are not being swayed by lavish gifts offered as quid pro quo for promoting special agendas," she said at the time. "To that end, gifts from registered lobbyists have no place in our legislative process. For that reason, I support the sweeping ban on lobbyist-paid gifts in the Senate bill. This ban includes not just meals but also gifts of travel and lodging, areas that have been the subject of notorious abuse."