Obama limits lobbyists

I’m sure there’ll be one or two slip through the technicalities, but this is promising:

A lobbyist who joins the Obama administration also is forbidden from working on issues they previously were involved with, he said. Any person who leaves the administration will be barred from lobbying the government for two years.

(See! I was nice.)


  1. Randy in Richmond says:

    I agree with limiting the lobbyists and the corresponding measures President Obama took in this area. I don’t understand freezing one’s pay on their first day at work but I suspect it’s a good thing. Now if we can get him to limit members on his cabinet to non-tax cheats and lawyers who have not recommended pardoning wanted fugitives it would be even better.

  2. Now everyone together,


  3. Wilson828 says:

    Being nice is a nice thing to do… chuckle

  4. The bad part of lobbying is that it may lead to illegal activities like bribes ands kickbacks. The good part is that legislators can receive valuable input on issues and proposed legislation. Maybe BO’s intent is not to stop illegal activity but to stop any input that is in opposition to his agenda.

  5. The legislators make their own rules for lobbyists; these are rules for administration staffers.

  6. Nice try Leap.

  7. Tinkerbell says:

    Two things I like in this article:

    Quote 1 – by Obama:
    “We are here as public servants, and public service is a privilege. It’s not about advancing yourself or your corporate clients.”

    Quote 2 – by Obama:
    “families are tightening their belts and so should Washington.”

    I’d like it even more applied to all levels of government including school districts, State DPI, etc. That is, I understand “…and so should Washington” to mean, Washington should tighten it’s OWN belt… not further tighten families’ belts!