November 27, 2009
New Rule Restricts Lobbyists from Advisory PanelsHere's an excerpt from a Washington Post article describing new White House limitations on lobbyist membership on advisory panels:
Under the policy, which is being phased in over the coming months, none of the more than 13,000 lobbyists in Washington would be able to hold seats on the committees, which advise agencies on trade rules, troop levels, environmental regulations, consumer protections and thousands of other government policies.
"Some folks have developed a comfortable Beltway perch sitting on these boards while at the same time working as lobbyists to influence the government," said White House ethics counsel Norm Eisen, who disclosed the policy in a September blog posting on the White House Web site. "That is just the kind of special interest access that the president objects to."
For convenient reference, an ABA web site collected several of Mr. Eisen's posts on this topic.