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Obama Transition Team Limits Lobbyists

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Here’s part of what I was hoping for when I voted for “change:”
clipped from www.politico.com

President-elect Barack Obama did not employ lobbyists on his campaign, but they can assist with his transition as long as they de-register as lobbyists and their activities do not cross into policy areas they have tried to influence.
Carrying over the anti-lobbying tenets that defined the campaign, Obama transition chief John Podesta announced Tuesday that the president-elect would enforce what he called “the strictest, the most far-reaching ethics rules of any transition team in history.”
There is no blanket ban on lobbyists, but they will not be able to do transition work in their area of expertise if they lobbied in the past 12 months, nor can they lobby the administration for 12 months afterward on matters on which they worked during the transition.
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The specifics, from Change.gov (h/t Wisco):

  • Federal Lobbyists cannot contribute financially to the transition.
  • Federal lobbyists are prohibited from any lobbying during their work with the transition.
  • If someone has lobbied in the last 12 months, they are prohibited from working in the fields of policy on which they lobbied.
  • If someone becomes a lobbyist after working on the Transition, they are prohibited from lobbying the Administration for 12 months on matters on which they worked.
  • A gift ban that is aggressive in reducing the influence of special interests.

Bravo.  It’s a small but long-needed step toward restricting the influence of big money over government.


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Written by Monte

November 12, 2008 at 12:58 pm

Posted in Politics

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  1. Speaking of distortions of the truth, even the responsible media (I don’t even know what that means) are wailing about Obama’s broken promise on hiring lobbyists. I thought journalists were required to pass a reading test.

    Moliticon

    November 20, 2008 at 8:29 pm

  2. I love this about his approach. Removing lobbyists from the political process as much as possible is a great step toward making this a government, as it’s intended, FOR the people.

    honestpoet

    November 19, 2008 at 1:05 pm


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