Lobbyists expect the revolving door from K Street to the White House to once again spin freely if GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is elected.
Whether a President Romney would undo Obama’s ban completely, grant more waivers or something in between remains an open question. Ken Gross, a lobbying and government ethics expert at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, said, if elected, it would “take him two seconds to rescind the executive order” and Romney could do it as part of a package of other actions.
That’s what keeps Craig Holman, a lobbyist with Public Citizen, up at night. He disagrees with his former boss Claybrook on the Obama ban and said he has been trying “desperately,” but unsuccessfully, to get the executive order codified into law.
Some lobbyists have speculated that if Obama wins a second term, he would allow more lobbyists to serve in an administration freed of the political burdens of re-election. A senior White House official told Roll Call in an email that Obama “will continue the policy in his second term.”
“This really is the most important ethics achievement that Obama has pulled off,” Holman said. “I would hate to see us lose it, and I know we will in a Romney administration. He and K Street are connected at the hip.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.