Remember when Obama promised to “close the revolving door” between administration jobs and lobbying positions?

Besides his contacts, he also took his Lil' Al puppet when he left

Besides his contacts, he also took his Lil’ Al puppet when he left

Well he did, and he even claimed he succeeded, back in 2009.

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The President’s first Executive Order called for more transparent, participatory, and collaborative government. This action set the bar for Executive Orders and Memoranda to follow that further his commitment to a government that is open and efficient.

President Obama has taken historic steps to close the “revolving door” that carries special interest influence in and out of the government by prohibiting former lobbyists from working on issues on which they lobbied or in agencies they previously lobbied and barring them altogether from holding future positions on advisory boards and commissions.

Way back when, Open Secrets, among other sites, exposed the Obama promises as complete bunkum, just like all his promises, and cited 791 officials who had already spun through that door. That number has grown in the succeeding years, and certainly didn’t include the former head of the Department of Defense, who is now lobbying against Connecticut’s attempt to build a third casino.

Once the closest of allies who fought to defend gun control laws and hold big business accountable for 2008 financial meltdown, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and his Connecticut counterpart, George Jepsen, are now playing poker against each other.

Holder is a now a member of the law firm representing MGM Resorts International in a federal lawsuit. The suit claims the state’s compact with the Mohegan Tribe and the Mashantucket Tribal Nation to build a third casino near Hartford is unconstitutional.

In an Oct. 26 letter to Jepsen obtained by Hearst Connecticut Media, Holder wrote that a law passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy earlier this year granting the two tribes exclusive rights to a new casino flies in the face of competitive bidding and fair contracting.

MGM, the casino giant developing a gambling resort just over the border in Springfield, Mass., filed suit against Malloy and other state officials over the constitutionality of the agreement in August.


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5 responses to “Remember when Obama promised to “close the revolving door” between administration jobs and lobbying positions?

  1. Walt

    Dude –

    Off topic, but it’s important. Halloween is Saturday, so I need to pick a costume. Can you believe colleges are designating “sensitivity consultants” to make sure your costume is politically correct? It’s true!!

    These PC fanatics are frightening, so I am going to play it safe, and wear a costume that won’t offend ANYONE!! I have it down to these three:

    Michael Jackson!! How can that offend anyone? He was talented, wasn’t really black, and he loved kids. So this one is safe:

    An Aladdin Genie in a bottle. Seems good to me.

    I am leaning towards this one – Baywatch lifeguard. About as safe as it gets, right?

    Which one do you like? Did you pick a party house yet? What are you going to be? Why not really surprise everybody and go as a human being?

    Your Pal,

    • I was just about to post on this, Wally. I think I still will, even though I couldn’t possibly improve on your screed essay.
      UPDATE: Damn, didn’t see that you’d already beat me to the genie.

  2. Richard

    Walt, you forgot the Catholic priest with the little kid doll Velcro’d to his crotch.

  3. Anonymous

    I thought Al was a chick in that pic