Lobbyists Beware…Obama Has New Rules!

President-Elect Obama has New Rules for Lobbyists.  One of his promises on the campaign trail was that Lobbyists would not run the White House anymore and specifically his administration.

New Rule #1:  Lobbyists could serve in his transition so long as their activities do not involve areas of policy they have tried to influence in the past year.

John Podesta, a top transition aide to Obama, said federal lobbyists will be prohibited from any lobbying while they are at work on the transition.

New Rule #2:  Federal lobbyists could not contribute to the campaign.

“President-elect Barack Obama has pledged to change the way Washington works and curb the influence of lobbyists,” said Podesta in the transition team statement.

“During the campaign, federal lobbyists could not contribute to or raise money for the campaign…the president-elect is taking those commitments even further by announcing the strictest, and most far reaching ethics rules of any transition team in history.”

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Schiliro Will Head Up Obama’s Legislative Affairs Team

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Veteran Congressional aide Phil Schiliro will head up President-elect Obama’s legislative affairs transition effort, the transition office announced today, and he is expected to become the new administration’s White House legislative affairs director, several senior Democratic sources confirmed.

Schiliro, who has been serving as Obama’s chief conduit to Capitol Hill since July 2007, most recently served as the senior aide to Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.). While most White House legislative affairs directors have hailed from K Street, Obama turned to the Hill – keeping with his pledge to purge the influence of lobbyists from his administration.

Schiliro has a long tenure on Capitol Hill. In addition to spending years on the House side with Waxman, he also worked in the Senate for then-Majority Leader Tom Daschle (S.D.).

“One of the most important things in the office of legislative affairs at the White House is that the person is of significant stature so that Members don’t feel they need to talk to someone else, too,” such as the president’s chief of staff or a Cabinet official, this source said.

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