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Trump administration proposes overhaul of ‘pay for play’ system

The administration is proposing a major overhaul of the nation’s pay for play rules to curb the flood of cash and perks that are lavishing lawmakers and special interests with campaign cash, according to a report released Wednesday.

The report released by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office found that a series of actions by President Donald Trump’s administration would change the way the system operates, including limiting the ability of lobbyists to spend millions of dollars to influence lawmakers and officials.

The changes would also reduce the ability for special interests to lobby lawmakers to support or oppose policies they fund.

The GOP-led Senate voted in February to overturn the previous administration’s executive order that capped campaign donations to state and local governments.

Trump signed that order in early February, saying the move would curb lobbyists’ ability to use taxpayer money to influence elected officials.

But the House of Representatives has already passed a repeal bill that would undo that order.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report.