Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Trump Adding Former Lobbyists To Swamp, Giving Them Ethics Waivers | The Huffington Post

Trump Adding Former Lobbyists To Swamp, Giving Them Ethics Waivers | The Huffington Post

Some new Trump officials are working on policies likely to benefit clients they recently served.
By Mary Papenfuss
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Far from fulfilling his campaign promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington, President Donald Trump appears to be filling it with former lobbyists and consultants.

The president has relaxed ethics regulations, eliminating a requirement barring lobbyists from joining agencies that they lobbied up to two years prior. Trump does require that former lobbyists not work on specific issues linked to a past client. But it appears that regulation is not always followed.

The New York Times and ProPublica have highlighted some especially worrisome hires in the executive branch, including White House energy adviser Michael Catanzaro, a former oil and gas company lobbyist, and Geoff Burr, a former construction industry lobbyist now working at the Department of Labor.

  

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