Lobbyist have been on Advisory boards and commissions!

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Yes, read it and weep.No wonder so many insurance laws etc are slanted toward the big bucks instead of the consummers! Talk about the fox in the hen house! I'm appalled this has been going on! Someone is now trying to curb the power of the lobbyist.

"The White House Special Counsel on Ethics and Government Reform, Norm Eisen, issued a statement via the White House blog on Sept. 23 that the administration is strongly discouraging the appointment of federally registered lobbyists to agency advisory boards and commissions.

Roll Call reported that the rule was being considered on Sept. 21. Mr. Eisen conveyed that although executive branch agencies are not required to comply with this guidance, it is within the "spirit" of the Executive Order on Ethics and should therefore be given strong consideration.

As mentioned by Mr. Eisen, this is part of a continuing effort by the Administration to limit what is seen as undue influence on the federal government. Other recent executive branch actions to apply to lobbyists include rules posted on communicating with executive branch officials on Recovery Act and TARP funds.

Lobbyists say that the White House's decision to ban them from advisory boards will likely cause many of them to de-register. Although the administration has been able to issue waivers to the Executive Order on Ethics for some officials, it is unclear whether they would do so in this new area.

For the White House blog post, visit www.whitehouse.gov/blog. For the story on lobbyists de-registering, visit http://thehill.com.

Issue Code Update For LD-1 & LD-2 Filing

On September 22, the House Office of the Clerk reported the creation of a new issue code for lobbyists filing LD-1 & LD-2 forms under the Lobbying Disclosure Act. The code "TAR" should be used to indicate lobbying on miscellaneous tariff bills, in effect immediately.

"TAR" is the shortened version of "TAR-Tariff (Miscellaneous Tariff Bills)." The Clerk's Office reported that lobbyists working on other trade issues (non-tariff) should continue to use the "TRD" designation on their filings."

For the PDF file of the official guidance, including an example, see http://lobbyingdisclosure.house.gov.

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Submitted by ionizd on Mon, 09/28/2009 - 1:14pm.

mistrust the government's influence in the industry. As long as there are dollars to be thrown around in Washington, D.C, there will be crooked politicians with their hands out. "Entrapment" is a bullcrap liberal legal defense based upon the idea that nobody is responsible fore their own evil deeds. Bah! You must have wanted the bait to walk into the trap! Politicians need to nut up and take what's theirs. You want the dirty money out of D.C, take out the trash in the legislature first. Then the dirty corporate shills will be forced to make money the honest way, and the American taxpayers will benefit from the money being used to expand legitimate business instead of paying off scumbag elected officials for favors in legal and tax code. Let's ask them why they won't pass, of even seriously and honestly discuss, the Fair Tax! Could it be the loss of money and power that motivates them?

Wake up and smell the manure that the politicians are dumping on all of us. We have very few friends in D.C anymore.

"We don't need to vote the Democrats out of office and replace them with Republicans, and we don't need to vote the Republicans out of office and replace them with Democrats. We need to vote them all out and replace them with better people.

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Submitted by suggarfoot on Mon, 09/28/2009 - 8:28am.

Seems if we wanted them there...we would have elected them! What a joke!

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Submitted by S. Lindsey on Mon, 09/28/2009 - 12:32pm.

that PROMISED there would be no lobbyist in their camp.. but yet placed them there anyway..
Oh btw.. also promised to control big Pharmaceutical while climbing into bed with them..
Yep they are to be trusted yet again.

and SF it should come as no surprise that lobbyist have been influence pedaling for a long time.. and you just figured it out?

"When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny." The strongest reason to keep and "Bear" arms.. Thomas Jefferson

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Submitted by suggarfoot on Mon, 09/28/2009 - 3:54pm.

THIS WAS A LAW, WHEN OBAMA WALKED IN...daa? They are trying to take these guys out...or put the genie back in the box. Our system is so corrupt I wonder if it can be done...if you think this just started...well you are either a really dumb rock...or don't get out much. This deal of letting the lobbyist be on boards..has been there for a while..like 2 terms/turds of George Bush...and Daddy Bush...you need to read and think before you write...just my thoughts...your poor thing...just do what you want. Bless your heart!

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Submitted by S. Lindsey on Mon, 09/28/2009 - 4:33pm.

what you post? I said this has been going on forever and you come back accusing me of saying this is new..

Pull your head out of your Jack-A$$ (DONKEY) and take a fresh breath of air..

Geez what is it with you liberal progressives anyway.. a little criticism you go all Poltergeist..

"When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny." The strongest reason to keep and "Bear" arms.. Thomas Jefferson

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Submitted by Joe Kawfi on Mon, 09/28/2009 - 1:12pm.

Acorn? Just a bunch of isolated incidents--nothing to see here folks. Besides, Obama isn't in knots over this, so why should we be?

The "mmm" song? Again, an isolated incident--don't work yourself into hysteria, people!

Recruiting NEA members to provide creative propaganda for Obama and his policies? Yet another isolated incident not worth raising hackles over.

Van Jones, a communist amid Obama's elite list of czars? Just one person---stay cool!

Holdren, Lloyd, Sunstein, Jennings all Obam appointees having bizarre, radical views? Don't let a few more isolated fruitcakes bother you!

Obama, the post-racial president siding with a black man against a policeman without knowing the facts? Only a random situation not worthy of discussion.

Obama setting up a snitch web-site? Oh, you silly people for getting worked up over that!

Obama wanting a national police force funded and equipped like the military? Hey, no questions need to be asked about this isolated initiative.

Obama firing an IG for doing his job---which happened to involve rooting out corruption in a Obama funded organization by an Obama supporter? You must have more pressing things to worry about than this isolated event.

Is it me, or is there a troubling pattern of "isolated" incidents? Oh, there's probably nothing to all of this....just forget I brought it up.

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You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.

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