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.
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.