It’s beginning to look like a trend. Though he got off to a rocky start with fudging on his promise to curtail lobbyist influence in Washington, President Obama seems to have struck a nerve with his latest regulations which prevent registered lobbyists from serving on Federal agency advisory boards and commissions.
“Private-sector clients will now have to pass up registered lobbyists for others who qualify to serve on the panels, and the prospect of a mass exodus from the highly prized positions has not made certain lobbyists happy. ‘There is fury,’ said a lobbyist who sits on one of the committees. ‘Absolute fury.’”