Lobbyists, Obama, and another broken promise.

How many more of these campaign promises that President Barack Obama used to get elected can he turn his back on? Here comes another, the White House issued new rules on the restrictions of lobbying for projects in the economic stimulus package. When he was running he was going to stop special interest and lobbying in Washington. Even as we type it we can hear him saying it. In March after creating the $787 billion package, it was forbidden to have oral conversations with registered federal lobbyists. The rule will only cover grants that are awarded competitively. There will be no restrictions on conversations about the rest of the bill. The new prohibition against conversations would apply to about $60 billion worth of spending. When you do the quick math on this, $727 billion of the package are now in the sights of lobbyists. This is great for the lobbying community allowing lobbyists and clients back into the fray. The administration says this is alright because they covered the parts of the stimulus package that are most competitive. We all know that when you cut out the professional lobbyists the only people who have the ear of congress are company executives and local government officials. We President Obama has seen just how tough a job to stop lobbyists is, over the last two months some lobbyists sidestepped the ban by sending colleagues who were not registered lobbyists to meet with agency officials. They have also sent officials from the companies or communities seeking the stimulus funds. Cleaning up Washington sounds good on the campaign trail, but in practice it is a pretty big animal to bring down.

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