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Dear Supporter,

There are two thngs that we must do to take back control of our democracy for people. We need to get the big money out of politics and we also need to keep former lobbyists out of the presidential administration. The revolving door between corporate lobbyists and government employees creates all types of conflicts of interest. If yesterday you were working hard to make sure your corporate client got a sweetheart deal from the government, does that obligation end when you go to work for the government?

We are joining with our partner, CREDO, in asking President Obama to stand strong and not allow corporate lobbyists to serve in the presidential administration. Would we really want former Louisiana Representative turned lobbyist, Billy Tauzin (Medicare cannot negotiate prescription drug prices) to join the administration? In our experience what's good for Wall Street is seldom good for Main Street.

In solidarity,

Andrea Miller
Exeutive Director


Petition to President Obama:
"Don’t back down to corporate lobbyists. Preserve your strong executive orders and presidential directives restricting the ability of former lobbyists to serve in a presidential administration."

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Don't back down on lobbyist ban

On President Obama’s first day in office, he issued executive orders placing strict limits on former lobbyists trying to work in his administration. While the revolving door between government and the private sector continues to plague our democracy, the ban on lobbyists was a huge step in the right direction that has resulted in less outright or criminal corruption.1

But now, a non-partisan group assisting with the presidential transitions is pushing President Obama to roll back his strict rules on lobbyists in the administration.2 Ending the lobbyist ban now would be seen as an admission of defeat and set a horrible precedent for the next president. We can’t let that happen.

Tell President Obama: Don’t back down on the lobbyist ban. Click here to sign the petition.

Here’s why ending the presidential administration lobbyist ban is bad idea:

The lobbyist ban is no silver bullet. There are still massive loopholes in the current rules that allow lobbyists to do the same work under a different name, among others. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has rightly pointed out that even people who aren’t lobbyists bring dangerous outlooks and connections when they move back and forth from industry to government. Sen. Tammy Baldwin has introduced a bill, endorsed by Sen. Warren and Sec. Clinton, that would close the revolving door.5 The next president should be supporting these efforts and closing executive loopholes – not starting from scratch with no lobbyist ban in place.

Tell President Obama: Don’t back down on the lobbyist ban. Click here to sign the petition.

President Obama’s “lobbyist ban” is made up of a handful of executive orders and “presidential directives,” or ethics guidelines for the administration to follow. The president has full authority to institute or repeal these rules without Congress.6 So it’s important to make sure that he hears from the public and not just the Washington elite. With Republicans blocking revolving-door bills in Congress, saving this lobbyist ban is one of the clearest and simplest ways for us to keep corporate Wall Street influence out of government.

Tell President Obama: Don’t back down on the lobbyist ban. Click the link below to sign the petition:

https://act.credoaction.com/sign/Lobbyist_Ban_PDA

Thank you for speaking out,

Murshed Zaheed, Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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