The buck stops here?: Obama’s pushing back against lobbyists during his transition into the White House.
We’ll see how long he’s able to keep this up, but at least for the immediate future, Barack Obama is aiming to keep lobbyists at bay, issuing strict guidelines for his transition team that Obama aide John Podesta described Tuesday on a conference call to reporters.
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• There will be strong restrictions against lobbyist involvement in the transition: Lobbyists can’t contribute or raise money to fund the transition; anybody who has worked as a lobbyist over the last 12 months can’t shape policy and will have to cease all lobbying during the transition; and any transition staffers who become lobbyists afterwards won’t be able to lobby the White House for 12 months.