Special counsel to the President for ethics and government reform Norm Eisen blogs on boards

ne0508Norm Eisen’s post on the White House Blog discusses the administration’s position on the ban on lobbyist service on agency boards and commissions.

We explained to the ITAC chairs that this issue is not about the few corrupt lobbyists or specific abuses by the profession, but rather concerns the system as a whole. For too long, lobbyists and those who can afford their services have held disproportionate influence over national policy making. The purpose of the President’s agenda to change the way business is done in Washington is to level the playing field to make sure that all Americans and not just those with access to money or power are able to have their voices heard and their concerns addressed by Washington.

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