Archive for the ‘lobby’ Category

Obama finds room for lobbyists with “exceptions” to his own ethics rules

January 29, 2009

Campbell Brown at CNN is asking why President Obama keeps asking for “exceptions” to his own well publicized ethics rules.

Both the left and the right, Republicans and Democrats can agree on ethics and good, clean government.

Why is Obama lying to us on this subject?

“Unfortunately, we are again asking the president to explain why exactly he announced, with great fanfare, new ethics rules if he had no intention of abiding by them,” says Campbell Brown.

CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/0
1/28/campbell.brown.ethics/index.html

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President Obama promised during his campaign that lobbyists “won’t find a job in my White House.”

So far, though, at least a dozen former lobbyists have found top jobs in his administration, according to an analysis done by Republican sources and corroborated by Politico.

By Kenneth P. Vogel, Mike Allen
Politico

Related:
Geithner, An Exception to a Rule, To Issue New Lobbying Rules; President Already Wants Exception To That?

On Transparency, Lobbyists, So Far President Obama Is “All Talk”

Obama aides did not challenge the the list of lobbyists appointed to administration jobs, but they stressed that former lobbyists comprise a fraction of the more than 8,000 employees who will be hired by the new administration. And they pointed out that before Obama made his campaign-trail promise, he issued a more complete – and more nuanced – policy on former lobbyists.

Formalized in a recent presidential executive order, it forbids executive branch employees from working in an agency, or on a program, for which they have lobbied in the last two years.

Yet in the past few days, a number of exceptions have been granted, with the administration conceding at least two waivers and that a handful of other appointees will recuse themselves from dealing with matters on which they lobbied within the two-year window.

“It would be more honest if they admitted they made a mistake and came up with a narrower rule,” said Melanie Sloan, executive director of the government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “Obviously, they can’t live with the rule, which is why they keep waving the magic wand and making exceptions. They’re saying one thing and doing another. It’s why the public is skeptical about politicians.”

But another watchdog, Meredith McGehee of the Campaign Legal Center, praised Obama’s rules as “a good starting place” and urged patience in judging their efficacy.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/politic
o/20090128/pl_politico/18128

Obama Envoy Mitchell’s Firm Lobbied for Dubai’s Ruler

January 27, 2009

George Mitchell, President Barack Obama’s special Middle East troubleshooter, was chairman of a law firm that was paid about $8 million representing Dubai’s ruler in connection with a child-trafficking lawsuit.

From Bloomberg

The DLA Piper law firm did legal and lobbying work on the case, which alleged that Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al- Maktoum and another official used children kidnapped from other countries to ride as jockeys in camel races. The firm lobbied federal agencies, members of the U.S. House and about two dozen Senate offices, including those of Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2006 and 2007, according to Justice Department foreign-agent disclosures.

Mitchell, 75, who isn’t a registered lobbyist, didn’t lobby either on this issue or for Dubai generally. DLA Piper partner Bill Minor said in an e-mail that Mitchell, a former Democratic senator from Maine, mainly focused on growth and management at the firm of almost 4,000 attorneys and 65 offices worldwide, and high-profile projects such as an investigation of steroid use in Major League Baseball.

Read the rest:
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=206
01087&sid=aa7hdtvtfYxc&refer=worldwide