Obama's New Lobbying Rules May Affect FCC Chief Selection
Posted by: Olga Kharif on November 11, 2008
Lobbyists take note. Today, President-elect Barack Obama released his new rules for lobbyists participating in his government transition. Here’s the bad news for many Washington insiders on his transition team: “If someone has lobbied in the last 12 months, they are prohibited from working in the fields of policy on which they lobbied,” according to the rules.
What does this mean? Henry Rivera, an influential Washington lawyer who was expected to be key in selecting the next chairman of the Federal Communications Committee, may have to help Obama with something else, instead. Rivera may not be eligible for the post because he represented private clients in the telecom industry in the past 12 months. He may, instead, head another committee, possibly the search for the head of the National Science Foundation, a source tells BusinessWeek.com.