Some of the people whove got that information happen to be registered lobbyists, because theyre working with Members of Congress on the same things, said Brain, who has worked numerous trade battles, including from his former post as chief White House lobbyist for President Bill Clinton.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington Executive Director Melanie Sloan questioned why others from within the industry couldnt serve on the advisory panels. But she also questioned whether the White House would achieve much by barring lobbyists from the committees other than to buttress its anti-lobbyist rhetoric.
White House officials did not respond to requests for comment.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.