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Donald Trump signs 5 year lobbying ban for all administration officials

January 28, 2017

  Donald Trump has signed an Executive Order banning all Trump administration officials from becoming lobbyists for five years Here is more:

When signing his action calling for a five-year lobbying ban for administration officials, Trump referred to a ban imposed by his predecessor, former President Barack Obama.
 
 Like Trump, Obama campaigned on a vision of Washington reform, promising to target the revolving door of political service and lobbying jobs. Once in office, he ordered a two-year ban on administration officials from lobbying. Trump said on Saturday Obama’s ban was insufficient.
“It’s a two-year ban now, and it’s full of loopholes,” Trump said, before quipping to his staff, “You have one last chance to get out.” Administration officials also said Saturday’s lobbying ban would include a lifetime prohibition on lobbying on behalf of foreign governments.
  So this ban is longer than the ban Barack Obama put in place and supposedly does not have the loopholes. I like the idea of a lifetime prohibition on lobbying on behalf of foreign government. 
  However CNN does point out there could still be a work-around:
Lobbying can be ambiguously titled in practice, and while former staffers may not become registered lobbyists, they could potentially trade influence and government experience for a hefty paycheck all the same.
  Or maybe they could set up a foundation, become Secretary of State, and engage in influence peddling…
 malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium
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3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 28, 2017 9:25 pm

    Lots of luck with this one. Its a good start, and the man has done what he said he would do, been quite a week.

    Liked by 1 person

    • January 29, 2017 7:34 am

      I have my doubts about this one as well but yeah, it has been a busy and a good week.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. petermac3 permalink
    January 29, 2017 10:47 am

    Lobbying will always be lobbying by whatever name. I doubt the ban mentions vestabuling…😀

    Liked by 1 person

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