Lobbying: Can Obama Change Things?

How Much Will Obama's Team Change Lobbying?

Total transformation
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Significant change
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25%
Moderate change
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25%
Slight change
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No change
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25%
Other (explain)
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Lobbying: Can Obama Change Things?

Postby Kenneth » Wed Nov 12, 2008 6:43 am

http://www.alternet.org/blogs/peek/1066 ... t_matters/

Will this work?

Obama Transition Team Rejects Lobbyists: Why It Matters
By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet
Posted on November 11, 2008,
http://www.alternet.org/bloggers/www.al ... rg/106614/

The Obama Transition Team has issued rules for lobbyists who want to advise the incoming administration. The rules seek to stop Washington's revolving-door culture where insiders gain access and information inside government, and then use that knowledge to help paying clients accomplish their goals.

According to a press release saying these are "the strictest, and most far reaching ethics rules of any transition team in history," the guidelines are:

* Federal Lobbyists cannot contribute financially to the transition.

* Federal lobbyists are prohibited from any lobbying during their work with the transition.

* If someone has lobbied in the last 12 months, they are prohibited from working in the fields of policy on which they lobbied.

* If someone becomes a lobbyist after working on the Transition, they are prohibited from lobbying the Administration for 12 months on matters on which they worked.

* A gift ban that is aggressive in reducing the influence of special interests.

It remains to be seen who will grumble about the new lobbyist rules issued Tuesday. Curiously, the Obama transition's press release quoted two well-known Washington centrists who reluctantly praised the policy.

"The ethical guidelines released today for the Obama transition are tough and unequivocal," said Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institution. "They will prevent some honorable people with rich experience from serving in the transition. That is a real cost but it is more than balanced by the strong signal sent by the President-elect. He aspires to attract to government able individuals whose highest priority is to serve the public interest. This is a very constructive step in that direction."

"Restoring trust in government is a prerequisite to enacting good policy and the tough choices the country needs," said Norm Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute. "This ethics policy for the transition is a far-reaching, bold and constructive step to do just that. The policy may exclude some good people with deep experience in their fields, but it will also exclude those who see government service as a springboard to financial success, or who are more intent on pleasing future potential employers or clients than making tough choices in the public interest. As much as anything, this ethics policy is a statement about the tone and tenor of the Obama administration. It is a good sign."

John Podesta, Co-Chair of Obama's Transition Team, said in a statement that Obama was fulfilling his pledge to change how Washington operates -- although that claim might be a stretch, as it does not affect all of Washington but just the presidential Transition Team.

There is another institution in that city known as the Congress, which has its own rules concerning lobbyists, lobbying and campaign finance.
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Re: Lobbying: Can Obama Change Things?

Postby czech mate » Wed Nov 12, 2008 7:27 am

I opted for significant change, for he has already achieved that (for the good) with the world at large, who were all but unanimous in wanting Obama in the Oval Office.
In the Czech Republic the odds on McCain winning were far higher, but that was due to the gambling agencies taking in an unusually high number of bets.
The mere fact that the Chimp will no longer be a trespasser in the White House has also lowered the stress, although the fear-mongers and doomsday "prophets" are going to Warp 10 in thier predictions and rumours for the worst possible scenarios.
If Obama doesn't make the grade, it will be due largely to those who will refuse to acknowledge him as being President.

As a footnote, many fundies and freepers are wanting to move to Europe as they don't want to live in a "socialist" state.
Firstly, they will find themselves as welcome as a mosquito in a nudist camp, and secondly the EU runs more or less on socialist lines.
But I'm absolutely certain that if they do leave the USA, it will serve to benefit your country as a whole.
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Re: Lobbying: Can Obama Change Things?

Postby Kenneth » Wed Nov 12, 2008 9:08 am

I marked "moderate change".
I don't think it's going to be easy to change how lobbying operates with Congress.

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Re: Lobbying: Can Obama Change Things?

Postby Ava » Wed Nov 12, 2008 9:29 am

he already has begun.. the mood of the american people is one of hope again.. that's a huge change
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Re: Lobbying: Can Obama Change Things?

Postby Rick345 » Wed Nov 12, 2008 11:56 am

Will Obama be able to change lobbying as it is done today. Absolutely! He can and will change the way big companies influence our government. Yes he can. What is lobbying is at its very heart its using money, power, or anything else in order to give your group or company an advantage or at the very lest remove preceived or real disadvantages.

While Obama will be able to change the way lobbying is done today that change may not be for the better. I am not in favor of lobbyists however, influence peddling in probably the world's second oldest profession and that is not going to change. The only thing that will change is the "lobbyist" will be forced to become a little more creative but the net sum of their influence will not change. Did prohibition stop people from drinking? Did the anti-drug laws passed in 1986 stop the tide of drugs or addiction in this country? No!
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Re: Lobbying: Can Obama Change Things?

Postby Catsohori » Wed Nov 12, 2008 9:28 pm

I want to see that GMO labeling bill put through congress finally!
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Re: Lobbying: Can Obama Change Things?

Postby quickiewle » Wed Nov 12, 2008 11:41 pm

Ava wrote:he already has begun.. the mood of the american people is one of hope again.. that's a huge change

Damn straight.God, Ava, I can't imagine what this must be like for you... almost half your life lived in the abomination that Shrub et al made of our country. Welcome back to the America I remember... it feels good again to live here.
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