Elliot Berke’s editorial in Roll Call discussing President Obama’s lobbyist restrictions is available here.
Don’t remember the Sneetches? In the children’s story, there were both plain and star-bellied Sneetches. A “Fix-It-Up Chappie” rides into town with a machine that can remove the stars from the star-bellied Sneetches, thus eliminating the stigma.
So in order to comply with the lobbying restrictions, some lobbyists are terminating their registrations or simply de-registering — thus proverbially removing the star from their bellies.