Back in March, we highlighted the dilemma posed by the new ethics law that prevents some journalists from taking members of Congress or their staffers to lunch.
The law mandates that if a journalist is employed by a news organization that employs lobbyists then they can not take a Hill source to lunch. But these new rules do not apply to media outlets that do not employ lobbysists.
At the time, Roll Call blasted the law arguing in an editorial that it "provide(s) a marginal advantage for reporters not covered by the ban."
But now the ethics situation may get even trickier for some journalists. Politico reports that the Society of Professional Journalists is dispatching journalists to lobby lawmakers on the proposed shield law.
After the reporters are finished lobbying Congress, will they then be able to take them to lunch?