Tonight, Barack Obama said, “To close that credibility gap we
must take action on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue to end the
outsized influence of lobbyists; to do our work openly; and to
give our people the government they deserve. “That’s what I came
to Washington to do. That’s why – for the first time in history –
my Administration posts our White House visitors online. And
that’s why we’ve excluded lobbyists from policy-making jobs or
seats on federal boards and commissions.”

Maybe this explains why his national security policies are so
weak. He put William Lynn in the Pentagon as Deputy Defense
Secretary. Mr. Lynn was a lobbyist for Defense Contractor
Ratheon. I guess the Deputy Defense Secretary is not a
policy-making job.

But it is not just Lynn.

    Eric Holder, attorney general nominee, was registered to lobby
    until 2004 on behalf of clients including Global Crossing, a
    bankrupt telecommunications firm [now confirmed].

    Tom Vilsack, secretary of agriculture nominee, was registered to
    lobby as recently as last year on behalf of the National
    Education Association.

    William Lynn, deputy defense secretary nominee, was registered
    to lobby as recently as last year for defense contractor
    Raytheon, where he was a top executive.

    William Corr, deputy health and human services secretary
    nominee, was registered to lobby until last year for the Campaign
    for Tobacco-Free Kids, a non-profit that pushes to limit tobacco
    use.

    David Hayes, deputy interior secretary nominee, was registered
    to lobby until 2006 for clients, including the regional utility
    San Diego Gas & Electric.

    Mark Patterson, chief of staff to Treasury Secretary Timothy
    Geithner, was registered to lobby as recently as last year for
    financial giant Goldman Sachs.

    Ron Klain, chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden, was
    registered to lobby until 2005 for clients, including the
    Coalition for Asbestos Resolution, U.S. Airways, Airborne Express
    and drug-maker ImClone.

    Mona Sutphen, deputy White House chief of staff, was registered
    to lobby for clients, including Angliss International in 2003.

    Melody Barnes, domestic policy council director, lobbied in 2003
    and 2004 for liberal advocacy groups, including the American
    Civil Liberties Union, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights,
    the American Constitution Society and the Center for Reproductive
    Rights.

    Cecilia Munoz, White House director of intergovernmental
    affairs, was a lobbyist as recently as last year for the National
    Council of La Raza, a Hispanic advocacy group.

    Patrick Gaspard, White House political affairs director, was a
    lobbyist for the Service Employees International Union.

    Michael Strautmanis, chief of staff to the president’s assistant
    for intergovernmental relations, lobbied for the American
    Association of Justice from 2001 until 2005.

Sincerely yours,

Erick Erickson
Editor, RedState.com

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