Nonprofit groups have already made known their disagreements with the White House’s restrictions on lobbyist activity. This Times article shows that the groups are taking an approach where they attempt to distinguish themselves from “those who advocate for moneyed interests” in the hopes of lobbying for an exception to the rules.
The dispute over the policy underscores the tension between the grand gestures of the campaign trail and the undesired consequences once in office. As a candidate, Mr. Obama presented himself as a reformer who would purge Washington of the insidious influence of special interests. As president, he has found some of his own supporters among those purged.