When it comes to President Obama and special interests, hypocrisy is what automatically comes to mind. The candidate who once promised the country he would fight special interests in Washington hasn’t kept his word as president, and is now once again showing no signs of change.
After lobbyists appealed a federal court’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit against the administration over banning registered lobbyists from serving on federal advisory boards, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget has released a new guidance making it possible for registered lobbyists to serve on advisory boards again while representing a client.
In spite of the so-called ban, which was placed in 2010, former lobbyists were never banned from serving. In many cases former lobbyists served on advisory boards without the need of receiving special waivers, which is the loophole they often explored to go around the 2010 ban.
Candidate Obama’s ethics plan indicated where he once stood on special interests, at least on paper.
“No political appointees in an Obama-Biden administration will be permitted to work on regulations or contracts directly and substantially related to their prior employer for two years. And no political appointee will be able to lobby the executive branch after leaving government service during the remainder of the administration.”