The Big Think

October 7, 2009


Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 12:13 pm

limiting the roles of lobbyists on federal advisory committees.

The policy change, described by the White House as the next step in President Barack Obama ’s drive to limit influence-peddling in Washington, could affect hundreds of lobbyists who serve on the panels, which were created by Congress in the 1970s to provide private-sector advice to the government.

By removing a key point of access to the administration, many lobbyists will be less useful to their clients, who will be forced to appoint others to take up the slack. And the information about federal government intentions gleaned from committee meetings will now be unavailable to many lobbyists as they strategize on how to work various issues.

Hooray! It’s about time lobbyists got the boot from the inner circle. I applaud Obama’s action on this, and hope that he can keep them at bay.

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