Lobbyist Schmobbyist!


When is a lobbyist not really a lobbyist? Apparently, the answer is you are not really a lobbyist if you’re selected for a job in the Obama administration.

In last night’s State of the Union speech, President Obama said the following

That’s why we’ve excluded lobbyists from policy-making positions, jobs, or seats on federal boards and commissions.

There was an audible groan from the Republican members of his immediate audience, as well there should have been. The reason being because Obama has appointed SEVERAL former lobbyists to jobs in his administration. Among them are the following (taken from Hot Air)…

  • Eric Holder, attorney general nominee, was registered to lobby until 2004 on behalf of clients including Global Crossing, a bankrupt telecommunications firm [now confirmed].
  • Tom Vilsack, secretary of agriculture nominee, was registered to lobby as recently as last year on behalf of the National Education Association.
  • William Lynn, deputy defense secretary nominee, was registered to lobby as recently as last year for defense contractor Raytheon, where he was a top executive.
  • William Corr, deputy health and human services secretary nominee, was registered to lobby until last year for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a non-profit that pushes to limit tobacco use.
  • David Hayes, deputy interior secretary nominee, was registered to lobby until 2006 for clients, including the regional utility San Diego Gas & Electric.
  • Mark Patterson, chief of staff to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, was registered to lobby as recently as last year for financial giant Goldman Sachs.
  • Ron Klain, chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, was registered to lobby until 2005 for clients, including the Coalition for Asbestos Resolution, U.S. Airways, Airborne Express and drug-maker ImClone.
  • Mona Sutphen, deputy White House chief of staff, was registered to lobby for clients, including Angliss International in 2003.
  • Melody Barnes, domestic policy council director, lobbied in 2003 and 2004 for liberal advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the American Constitution Society and the Center for Reproductive Rights.
  • Cecilia Munoz, White House director of intergovernmental affairs, was a lobbyist as recently as last year for the
  • National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic advocacy group.
  • Patrick Gaspard, White House political affairs director, was a lobbyist for the Service Employees International Union.
  • Michael Strautmanis, chief of staff to the president’s assistant for intergovernmental relations, lobbied for the American Association of Justice from 2001 until 2005.

This was also something Obama pledged going into the beginning of his presidency. If you were a lobbyist, you were not going to get a job in his administration. Yet before his term in office even began, he had already violated that pledge.

Look, I don’t have a problem with a former lobbyist having a job in any administration, Republican or Democrat. However, if you’re going to talk the talk, you need to walk the walk as well.

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  1. I loved your blog theme! Did you develop it yourself or is it downloadalbe from somehwere?

    • The design you see at the top of the main page was one I culled from a desktop wallpaper I found somewhere. The rest of the colors, designs, etc., were just one of the themes provided by WordPress.

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