Restrict White House and Congressional Officials from Becoming Lobbyists
Current Status: FalteringAs of
"[O]n the first day of my term of office, my administration will immediately pursue the following six measures to clean up the corruption and special interest collusion in Washington, DC:
FOURTH, a 5 year-ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service;"
- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016
Trump's transition team has already asked administration appointees to sign a form agreeing to the policies, although this does not apply to Congressional officials. His administration may not be able to prohibit former administration officials from lobbying House and Senate members unless Congress itself passes legislation.
He didn't address this promise on his first day, but on January 28th, 2017, Trump signed an executive order enjoining Executive branch employees from becoming lobbyists within 5 years of their employment with the Federal government. This order has no effect on Legislative branch employees and it is currently uncertain how or if Trump will try to implement the same ban there.
According to a database that tracks political appointees across government, the Trump administration has brought on at least 281 lobbyists - far more than any previous administration - with many who have worked in the administration returning to industry in a lobbying capacity. This trend seems to indicate a lack of enforcement or other weakness in the executive orders issued early in the administration.
- Donald J. Trump Contract with the American Voter
- Here Is What Donald Trump Wants To Do In His First 100 Days
- How Hard (or Easy) It Will Be for Trump to Fulfill His 100-Day Plan
- Executive Order: ETHICS COMMITMENTS BY EXECUTIVE BRANCH APPOINTEES
- We Found a “Staggering” 281 Lobbyists Who’ve Worked in the Trump Administration