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.”