Saturday, July 25, 2009

Shocked & Appalled, part 163

The Hill reports on a verrrry interesting development regarding lobbying for Stimulus* dollars. Here's the backstory:
In March, President Obama announced that government officials would not be allowed to consider the views of lobbyists regarding specific stimulus projects unless the requests are put in writing. The materials also had to be posted on an agency’s website within three business days of receipt. Lobbyists have said that the policy was one more example of the administration's disdain for their industry.
And here's the inevitable reversal, unsurprisingly dropped on a Friday evening:
Now, the just-revised rules will allow government personnel to accept meetings and calls from federally registered lobbyists on the implementation of stimulus projects. The head of the Office of Management and Budget, Peter Orszag, issued a new guidance late Friday regarding the administration's communications with registered lobbyists about economic recovery funds.
I, for one, am simply shocked at this development. This is not a very hopchangey move by the White House. How on earth could the evil lobbyists have won? Oh, wait. My hopechange-o-meter has dropped to an all-time low.

Well, at least those K Street leeches are nowhere near ObamaCare!

What's that? Oh, crap.

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