A Raytheon lobbyist will be President-elect Obama’s number two figure at the Department of Defense, according to this report.
William J. Lynn III, Obama’s choice for deputy defense secretary, was senior vice president for government operations at Raytheon Co. and lobbied as recently as last June on issues including missiles, sensors and radar, advanced technology programs and intelligence funding.
During his presidential campaign, Obama took pains to tell voters he wouldn’t tolerate influence-peddling.
“I am in this race to tell the corporate lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in Washington are over,” Obama said in November 2007 in Des Moines, Iowa. “I have done more than any other candidate in this race to take on lobbyists and won. They have not funded my campaign, they will not run my White House, and they will not drown out the voices of the American people when I am president.”