Managing Government Relations Director Ilisa Halpern Paul was quoted in CQ News in an article titled, “Obama Expected to Ease Lobby Posture.”
When President Obama took office, he immediately installed unprecedented revolving-door restrictions that banned federal lobbyists from serving in his administration without a waiver. While few expect radical changes in this stance during the president’s second term, many predict that his administration will quietly open its doors to more lobbyists through the waivers.
Lobbyists have raised the concern that Obama’s executive orders on the revolving door have kept out some of the savviest policy experts, who are registered lobbyists.
“I would hope that the Obama administration, looking over the next four years, would look back on the last four years and evaluate how the lobbying ban worked and did it achieve their goals,” said Ilisa, leader of the firm’s Lobbying & Advocacy Team.
“And if not,” she continued, “or if there were unintended negative consequences, are there mid-course corrections or tweaks to it for the next two to four years?”
Ilisa suggested that it would be highly unlikely for Obama to undo his own executive orders. But she noted that particularly in the final two years of his term, as many aides typically depart, it may be difficult to fill spots without granting more waivers allowing K Street lobbyists to serve.