Thursday, November 13, 2008

Why Lobbying Needs Some Changes

"Obama relying on Clintonites"
Nov. 12 - President-elect Barack Obama is relying on a team of Washington veterans to staff his transition and form the backbone of his administration.
Obama's transition chief made it clear to reporters that federal lobbyists would be barred from helping foot the bill for his transition and from working in the same federal departments they have lobbied in the past year. (reuters) Describe what the pros and cons of lobbying are, and analyze why President Obama is making this decision now.

14 comments:

  1. Organizations of special interest that want attention use lobbyists to promote their foundation. Lobbyists are people who are associated with groups (like labor unions, corporations, etc.) and who try to persuade members of the government (like members of Congress) to enact legislation that would benefit their group.
    *They want a presence in Washington, they want to be recognized.
    They want to have a representative of the organization of some kind there all the time to represent their ideas and organization.
    People give donations to the organization in turn that they open an office in Washington and publicizes their concerns or desires.

    Lobbyists and law makers work together in some sorts because the lobbyist asks the law maker to support their industry or foundation by in tern giving money and support to the senator or law maker to promote themselves.

    Pro: legislators can find out about topics that perhaps weren't in their area of expertise.
    -Lobbyists can educate and inform, and often provide valuable information for legislators.

    Con: Lobbyists can end up turning our legal system into a system where money purchases both access to legislators and purchases laws.
    -Groups that have more money usually prevail and because of that they will not allow other groups that aren't funded as well receive the laws they wish to have.

    Obama doesn’t wasn’t lobbyist influencing the choices he makes in office.
    President Elect Obama is passing the word to lobbyists saying that he wants his government to function in accordance of the people who elected him in office. He wants to live up the true intentions of why he was elected, not intentions of special interests of lobbyist organizations. Lastly, he doesn’t want to give an un-fair advantage to certain groups.

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  2. Main objective of the lobbying disclosure act, was to disclose lobbying activities so that the public would be aware of which persons and organizations were trying to influence their elected representatives. The major problem was that it did not cover executive branch lobbying, grassroots lobbying or the lobbying of congressional staff. Obama is making this decision because he wants people who know this subject very well, he want experienced people working for him. Since he is a new president he wants to start off the country right, and try to improve it from the situation it is in. Senator Hillary Clinton is under consideration to be Secretary of State in Obama administration. I believe that Obama had faith in the Clintons which is why he wants them to be part of the administration. Obama knows that he needs help running this country because he has seen all the mistakes the presidents have made in the past because they had no help, or they felt they could run this country without any background or knowledge of the government or its policies and issues.

    "John Podesta, chief of staff under former President Bill Clinton, is co-chairing Obama's transition team. And the president-elect on Wednesday named a team of six people, all of whom served in some capacity under Clinton, to head the agency review in the State, Defense and Treasury departments."

    (link)http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/11/13/obamas-change-administration-leans-clinton-officials-transition/



    http://usinfo.state.gov/journals/itdhr/0698/ijde/lobby.htm

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  3. excellent Lupita!! This is definitely what the Blog answers should be reflecting..Well thought out.

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  4. The pros of lobbying are that legislators can find out about topics that perhaps weren't in their area of expertise. Lobbyists can educate and inform, and often provide valuable information for legislators. The cons of lobbying are that Lobbyists can end up turning our legal system into a system where money purchases both access to legislators and purchases laws.
    I think that Obama is making this decision because he wants to make sure that he can get the people that he knows will get the job done because America needs help. As of today, Obama has added three officials to his White House team. He made his top aide from the Senate a senior adviser and naming two deputies to chief of staff. Pete Rouse will become Obama's senior adviser. Mona Sutphen and Jim Messina will become the deputies chief of staff. Obama said "These individuals are important additions to a team with the experience and ability to help our nation overcome pressing challenges at home and around the world."


    reference: http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSTRE4AE1QU20081116

    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_the_Pros_and_Cons_of_Lobbyists

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  5. The pros of lobbying are is that the special interest groups can find topics that are interesting and needed that were not mentioned in the election or debates. They can educate and inform the audience or the viewers and help out the government. The cons of lobbying is it can turn our government and systems into one big hole and screw everything up. With their money they can go beyond their rights and make something bad for the country. Barrack Obama decided to ban federal lobbyists from helping out because he just does not trust them what so ever. They can screw up any minute. He wants experienced workers working and not some inexperienced people. He wants everyone to be equal and he does not want to give extra power to lobbyists. Lobbying was an activity viewed by many voters as unfair and had suspicion. Citizens always hated lobbying but never had the guts to say it. Finally Barrack Obama made it clear that lobbying has to stop.

    "Restoring trust in government is a prerequisite to enacting good policy and the tough choices the country needs. This ethics policy for the transition is a far-reaching, bold and constructive step to do just that. The policy may exclude some good people with deep experience in their fields, but it will also exclude those who see government service as a springboard to financial success, or who are more intent on pleasing future potential employers or clients than making tough choices in the public interest. As much as anything, this ethics policy is a statement about the tone and tenor of the Obama administration. It is a good sign".- Norm Ornstein, from the American Enterprise Institute

    Looks like Barrack Obama is promising a change.



    Source: http://change.gov/newsroom/entry/an_end_to_the_revolving_door/

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  6. The idea of lobbying is to influence the passage of a bill, and the disclosure act was to inform the american people who the president may be being influenced by. I think Barack Obama is wise in relying on a team of Washington veterans to form the backbone of his administration because he is young and not extremely experienced. With the help of Washington vets, Obama can hopefully correct the mistakes of his priors as well as make sure that he does not make the same mistakes as before. I think President Obama is trying to take a different route in his duties, and accepting the face that maybe he can be a better leader with the help of experienced politicians. I just hope that he does not forget that the American people have elected him president, and not the Clintons or other past leaders, and that he doesn't let go of the change he has spoke of so passionately. There can be some cons of lobbying such as maybe the President backs down from his values, but I think Obama will be strong enough to stand his ground and run the country for the people and not for those influencing him.


    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/lobbying

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  7. Lobbying can be described as the practice of influencing decisions made by government. It includes all attempts to influence legislators and officials, whether by other legislators, constituents or organized groups. Governments often define and regulate organized group lobbying. It can be argued that lobbying is unconstitutional in a sense because it allows people with particular interests which represent a minority to gain special access to law-makers and through contributions and favors have controversial relationships with representatives. This is a danger to democracy as described in Article 22 of the Federalist Papers. Though many see lobbying as a potential corruption to the system, others disagree. Obama has "quietly worked with corporate lobbyists to help pass breaks worth $12 million" although he has "lambasted lobbyists and moneyed interests who 'have turned our government into a game only they can afford to play'".

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  8. Lobbying is the practice of influencing decisions that the government makes. As Justin said, it includes the attempts to influence legislators and officails. The idea that people with a particular interest representing a minority is unconstitutional. It is as if they are trying to gain access to the law makers. One more thing that Justin said, "Obama has 'quietly worked with corporate lobbyists to help pass breaks worth $12 million' although he has 'lambasted lobbyists and moneyed interests who -have turned our government into a game only they can afford to play.-'" Makes me believe that Obama is for Lobbying as well as against it. What is his take on this?

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  9. Lobbying can be described as the practice of influencing decisions made by government. It includes all attempts to influence legislators and officials, whether by other legislators, constituents or organized groups. Governments often define and regulate organized group lobbying.
    The pro of lobbying is that it can educate, inform, and provide valuable information for legislators.
    The cons of lobbying is the President backing down from his values. I think Obama doesnt not want lobbying because he does not want to back down from his values.

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  10. There are many pros and cons about lobbying. Lobbying can be described as the practice of influencing decisions made by government, and inform the people about topics. There can be some cons of lobbying such as maybe the President backs down from his values. With Obama choosing Washington vets as his backbone will be benificial. He can have support and confidence with them on the side, also they can help out if Obama goes through tough decisions. I think Obama made a good decision, and will change our country for the better.

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  11. Anabel 1, Hayley P. 1November 25, 2008 at 8:16 PM

    "I want to move with all deliberate haste, but I want to emphasize deliberate as well as haste," he said.

    A president-elect would typically take weeks, if not months, to settle on Cabinet choices. But in light of the financial crisis Obama is moving swiftly and will likely name his economic team soon.

    Obama has chosen to move forward to help the economic crisis. He is confident that we'll get through this.
    Lobbying means hiring about 450 people. Which we think is a good thing because a lot of people are getting laid off and they need a job to just get by. The bad thing about lobbying is that there is a complaint, which is we're leaving experts on the side. People who know everything out in the cold.

    "Even if Mr Obama succeeds in limiting their access to his administration, Congressmen and women are particularly soft targets. For many politicians, getting elected and serving a term or two is merely a rite of passage on the road to a lucrative Pennsylvania Avenue career."


    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/

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  12. Lobbying can be viewed as either negative or positive to an observer. If a particular stance in an issue appeals to a population of people and a lobbyist is trying to influence a government official to represent said point of view than it would probably be construed as a positive point of view on the issue. It can be viewed negatively when lobbyists intend to change or influence a government officials point of view with incentives or bribery or any sort of activity that would normally be frowned upon. Lobbyists have the power to give officials sums of money to sway them to their “side”, yet it is recorded and can be tracked. The influence of lobbying can not be fully comprehended though over legislature actions, people attempt to record its role in politics. Obama does not want lobbying swaying his opinion for his staff because he wants his team to evenly biased and convey the issues that are effecting the population of the U.S. at large. The lobbyists will only represent their point of views and will not represent populations that are underrepresented or that don’t have anyone speaking up for their beliefs. Right now, it always seems like a sure thing that Hilary Clinton will be our Secretary of State. Although I not a fan of Ms.Clinton I believe she will truly make a change, and will contribute greatly to his team. She has the experience with foreign diplomats that he currently lacks, and will need once time comes. Obama is trying to set up a team that will evenly represent the affairs of the U.S. and will make positive contributions that will significantly change our economy.

    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/features/us/july-dec08/cabinet_11-25.html

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  13. Lobbyist in my opinion should not even be involved with legislators. They would try to convince legislators to support bills that would only benefit them. Then again lobbyist give legislators more information that could help the legislators know more about the situation. I think that President Obama is making this decision because he wants to change the way things go and make sure he can make the right choices without being bothered by other organizations.

    reference: http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSTRE4AE1QU20081116

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  14. Lexi 1, Michelle 1December 1, 2008 at 8:34 AM

    There are many pros and cons of lobbying; Pro: legislators can find out about topics that perhaps weren't in their area of expertise. Lobbyists can educate and inform, and often provide valuable information for legislators.

    Con: Lobbyists can end up turning our legal system into a system where money purchases both access to legislators and purchases laws.

    Obama’s Campaign Relies On Lobbyists As Advisers And Volunteers. “Sen. Barack Obama’s refusal to accept donations from federal lobbyists is a centerpiece of his White House bid, but lobbyists still advise the Democratic front-runner and volunteer on his campaign, underlining the enduring connection between special interests and politicians.” (Mary Jacoby, “Obama Campaign Enlists Lobbyists,” The Wall Street Journal, 3/1/08 )
    Reference: http://wakeupamerica.blogivists.com/2008/09/16/talking-points-obama-and-lobbyists/

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