Support for administration ban on lobbyists on boards on commissions

The Post prints a letter supporting the Obama administration’s move on lobbyists on board on commissions, citing the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

FACA specifically provides that the deliberations and recommendations of federal advisory bodies should not be “inappropriately influenced” by “any special interest.” That proscription resulted from congressional hearings that found that federal advisory committees had frequently become, in the words of one of the act’s principal sponsors, “convenient nesting places” for paid lobbyists to burrow deep into bureaucracies and exert undue influence on policy decisions in which they, and their corporate employers, had vested interests.

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