Lobbying Policies

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Sen. John McCain's campaign instituted a policy last week that prohibits staff members from lobbying and restricts the lobbying activities of others connected to the campaign. Sen. Barack Obama has long had an anti-lobbying policy. A comparison of the two:

McCain's Policy

1. No person working for the campaign may be a registered lobbyist or foreign agent, or may receive compensation for any such activity.

2. Part-time volunteers for the campaign must disclose any status as registered lobbyists or foreign agents. Such volunteers are prohibited from any campaign policymaking on the subjects on which they are registered, including service on policy task forces or participation in policy discussions on those subjects. Volunteers are also prohibited from lobbying McCain or his Senate office or committee staffs while they are working for the campaign.

3. No person with a McCain campaign position may participate in a 527 or other independent entity that makes public communications that support or oppose any presidential candidate.

4. No vendor to the McCain campaign may also be a vendor to a 527 or other independent entity that makes public communications that support or oppose any presidential candidate without a pre-approved firewall pursuant to Federal Election Commission regulations.

5. McCain has also announced that anyone serving in his administration would have to commit not to lobby the administration during his presidency.

Obama's Policy

No currently registered federal lobbyists are permitted on the campaign's payroll. Lobbyists are allowed to advise the campaign on an informal, unpaid basis.


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