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Failed Promise - Obama and Lobbyists

Failed Promise - Obama and Lobbyists

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Published by: Republican National Committee on Nov 29, 2011
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October 28, 2011
FAILED PROMISES: Obama andLobbyists
Obama’s Ethics Promises Have Proven To Be Just Words
PROMISE: CANDIDATE OBAMA: "We Will Not Take A Dime From WashingtonLobbyists Or Special Interest PACs - We're Going To Change How WashingtonWorks. They Will Not Fund My Party ..."
(Sunlen Miller, "Obama Commends DNC For Cutting LobbyistContributions,"
 ABC News
' "Political Radar" Blog, 6/5/08)
FAILURE: Obama Is Ignoring His Pledge To Not Take Money From Lobbyists,Raising Millions From “Prominent Supporters Who Are Active In The LobbyingIndustry.”
“Despite a pledge not to take money from lobbyists, President Obama hasrelied on prominent supporters who are active in the lobbying industry to raise millions of dollars for his re-election bid.”
(Eric Lichtblau, “Obama Backers Tied To Lobbies Raise Millions,” 
At Least 15 Of Obama’s Bundlers Are In The Lobbying Industry And HaveRaised Over $5 Million For Obama’s Reelection Campaign.
“At least 15 of Mr.Obama’s ‘bundlers’ — supporters who contribute their own money to his campaignand solicit it from others — are involved in lobbying for Washington consulting shopsor private companies. They have raised more than $5 million so far for thecampaign.”
(Eric Lichtblau, “Obama Backers Tied To Lobbies Raise Millions,” 
The Bundlers Show The Obama Ethics Policies Do Not Match The “On-The-Ground Practices.”
“But the prevalence of major Obama fund-raisers who alsowork in the lobbying arena threatens to undercut the president’s ethics push, raisingquestions about whether the campaign’s policies square with its on-the-groundpractices, some of those same watchdogs say.”
(Eric Lichtblau, “Obama Backers Tied To Lobbies RaiseMillions,”
Obama Has Brought A Former Lobbyist Onto His Campaign Staff 
Obama Hired Former Lobbyist Broderick Johnson As A Senior Advisor On His 2012Campaign
. “President Obama’s reelection campaign has hired a former lobbyist to serveas a senior adviser to the 2012 team. The Obama campaign announced Monday the hiringof Broderick Johnson, a veteran of the Clinton White House and Sen. John Kerry’s (D-Mass.)2004 presidential campaign.”
(Kevin Bogardus, “Obama Campaign Brings On Ex-Lobbyist As Senior Advisor,”
 Johnson Has Previously Worked As A Lobbyist For Bryan Cave LLP, Vice PresidentOf Congressional Affairs For AT&T And Bell South, And Deputy Assistant For
Legislative Affairs In The Clinton White House.
(“Broderick Johnson,” The Collins Johnson Group,Accessed 10/24/11)
In 2008 Broderick Johnson Lobbied On Behalf Of Fannie Mae And Bank Of America.
(Center For Responsive Politics, opensecrets.org,Accessed 10/24/11)
Broderick Johnson Was a Registered Lobbyist On The Keystone Account.
“Broderick Johnson, a former Bryan Cave LLP lobbyist registered on the Keystone XLaccount, reported lobbying President Obama's legislative affairs staff in 2010, a post he'sfamiliar with, having served in the Clinton administration in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs from 1998-2000.”
(Brendan DeMelle, Hillary Clinton’s Keystone XL Crony Lobbyists Problem,” 
Environmental Groups Outraged With Obama’s Support For KeystonePipeline Protest At The White House.
“Hoping to garner more publicity, pipelineopponents are planning a Nov. 6 protest surrounding the White House, with activistsholding up signs inscribed with pro-environment quotations from Obama during the2008 campaign.”
(Darren Samuelsohn, “Left Sees Solyndra Coverage And Asks, ‘Where’s Keystone?’”
PROMISE:Obama Promised That Lobbyists Would Not “Find A Job In [His] WhiteHouse.”
“President Obama promised during his campaign that lobbyists ‘won't find a jobin my White House.’ … Formalized in a recent presidential executive order, it forbidsexecutive branch employees from working in an agency, or on a program, for which theyhave lobbied in the last two years.”
(Kenneth P. Vogel & Mike Allen, “Obama Finds Room For Lobbyists,” 
Obama’s Anti-Lobbyist Promise “Is The Cornerstone Of President Obama'sCampaign Theme About Limiting The Influence Of Special Interests.”
“Of the513 promises we're tracking, this one has become the most controversial. It is thecornerstone of President Obama's campaign theme about limiting the influence of special interests. During the campaign, Obama said many times that lobbyists wouldnot run his White House, and the campaign delighted in tweaking rival John McCainfor the former lobbyists who worked on McCain's campaign.”
(Angie Drobnic Holan, “FormerLobbyist In The White House? It's Okay If They Say It's Okay,”
FAILURE:President Obama Has Granted Numerous Exceptions To His LobbyistBan.
“Yet in the past few days, a number of exceptions have been granted, with theadministration conceding at least two waivers and that a handful of other appointees willrecuse themselves from dealing with matters on which they lobbied within the two-yearwindow.”
(Kenneth P. Vogel & Mike Allen, “Obama Finds Room For Lobbyists,”
, 1/30/09)
Politifact: “We Rate Obama's ‘Revolving Door’ Policy For Former LobbyistsHis Biggest Broken Promise.”
(Angie Drobnic Holan, “Not So Fast On Obama Revolving Door Policy,”
Politifact Gives Obama A “False” On His Claim To Have “Excluded LobbyistsFrom Policymaking Jobs.”
“Obama said that he has ‘excluded lobbyists frompolicymaking jobs.’ But that's not the case. We know of at least four that have takenon policymaking roles in the Obama administration -- Frye's title even contains the

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