Obama Issues 10 More Ethics Waivers To Hire LobbyistsSubmitted by northstar on Fri, 09/11/2009 - 15:14
Further ridiculing his laughable ethics rules, Barack Obama has issued 10 additional waivers to hire lobbyists in violation of an executive order he proudly signed upon taking office.
The president’s latest ethics waivers give his administration a total of 16 prominent industry lobbyists who either work as White House officials or in high-ranking positions at federal agencies despite his stern campaign promise that lobbyists “won’t find a job in my White House” and highly touted order order banning them from his administration.
Among the registered lobbyists already working for Obama is an attorney general (Eric Holder) who lobbied on behalf of a bankrupt telecommunications firm, a deputy defense secretary (William Lynn) who lobbied for a major defense contractor and a director of intergovernmental affairs (Cecilia Munoz) who supervised all legislative and advocacy activities for a powerful La Raza group.
In each of those cases the White House claimed that “reasonable exceptions” ...