And they really should move Promise 240 about Lobbyists in Obama's administration to "Broken" as well. They've already moved it from "Kept" to "Compromised" and I'm urging them to move to "broken" based on facts below:
Below is the current list (first two are takes from the original promise downgrading at the site):
William J. Lynn III, the appointee to be Deputy Secretary of Defense. Lynn was formerly a lobbyist for the giant defense contractor Raytheon.
William Corr, was tapped to be deputy secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services. He previously lobbied for the nonprofit Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
Source for four below is: http://www.blnz.com/news/2008/12/07/IMPACT_Donors_lobbyists_help_Obama_4171.html
Maria Echaveste, An Obama adviser on immigration issues, lobbied for the United Farm Workers this year to protect immigrant agricultural workers as the Bush administration sought to ease hiring of seasonal farm labor and Congress debated an immigration overhaul.
Bart Chilton, Obama's agricultural policy review, lobbied until last year as vice president of the National Farmers Union.
Keith Harper, working Indian issues for Obama, has worked as a lawyer for Native American tribes, and wrote in a 2006 article that the Interior Department's handling of Indian trust matters has been a "national disgrace." Obama initially assigned Harper to be his lead adviser on the department, but now Harper is advising the campaign more narrowly on Indian gaming. Harper was registered to lobby on sovereignty issues for a tribe as recently as this year but did not personally lobby, transition aides and a tribe official said.
Mark Gitenstein, A transition advisory board member (and leading contender for Office of Legal Policy, DoJ) was registered until August to lobby on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, AT&T Inc. and financial firms such as Ernst & Young LLP and Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc.
Source for item below is: www.lngpollutes.org/downloads/24-nov-08_RACE%20letter%20to%20Obama%20transition%20FINAL.pdf
David J. Hayes (Deputy Secretary of the Interior) and Robert Sussman (Secretary to the EPA) are lawyers in the firm Latham & Watkins which has been outside counsel to Sempra Energy for many years. Latham & Watkins partner David Hayes was a lobbyist for Sempra Energy in 2006. Former Latham & Watkins partner (as of 2007) Robert Sussman was one of a handful of Latham & Watkins partners in the environment practice area in the Latham & Watkins Washington DC office, working under David Hayes, during his long tenure at the firm.
Mr. Hayes tenure as deputy secretary at Interior during the Clinton Administration is laudable. However, that was a long time ago. A Latham & Watkins attorney that was a Sempra lobbyist should not be serving in any official capacity with the Obama-Biden transition team, much less as the overall EPA, DOE, Interior, Agriculture Agency Review Team Lead. Mr. Hayes’ role as a Latham & Watkins attorney advocating for Sempra Energy makes him unsuitable for the function he has been assigned on the transition team.
Mr. Sussman is equally unsuitable for his role on the transition team for similar reasons. Mr. Sussman’s tenure as assistant administrator at EPA during the Clinton Administration is to be commended. However, his long tenure as a partner at Latham & Watkins following his time in the Clinton Administration, a period when the Bush Administration was dismantling environmental and energy facility siting protections while Latham & Watkins aggressively advocated for such changes on behalf of clients like Sempra, makes him an inappropriate choice to have a substantive hand in the selection of appointees to the EPA in the Obama Administration.
We do not feel that either Mr. Hayes or Mr. Sussman can be honest brokers in the selection of Obama Administration political appointees. We respectfully request that these gentlemen be replaced as Obama-Biden Transition Team leads. High level political appointees to EPA, Interior, DOE, and Agriculture will naturally feel beholden to a degree to Mr. Hayes if he has a key role in advancing their appointments. High level political appointees to EPA will feel beholden to Mr. Sussman. This is not a time to have advocates of the status quo, at best, directing the evaluation and selection of candidates for key agency positions.
Lanny Breuer " Assistant AG for DoJ’s Criminal Division; Also lobbyist for Yahoo! Last few years. Remember the recent Yahoo-Google antitrust case of last year?
There are at least 3 other recent Lobbyists being considered strongly, but not yet nominated...or otherwise earning money from the Obama administration.