Daschle’s conflict of interest

Daschle appointment appears to contradict Obama ethics policy

Obama’s reported selection of former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) to head Health and Human Services appears to flatly contradict his ethics policy, which says, “No political appointees in the Obama-Biden administration will be permitted to work on regulations or contracts directly and substantially related to their prior employer for two years.”

Daschle is a special public policy advisor in Alston & Bird’s Washington, D.C., according to the firm’s Web site, which singles out health care as an area of “particular emphasis.” Elsewhere, the firm advertises that its health care legislative & public policy team “has the significant advantage of including two former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders – Senators Bob Dole and Tom Daschle.”


2 Responses to “Daschle’s conflict of interest”

  1. 1 renaissancelady48 November 21, 2008 at 3:49 am

    Thanks for your post. It is good to see others recognize the conflict of interest. It seems to me many lobbyists will have a seat at the table in the White House! BHO is all BS all the time. Here is what he says about lobbyists now:

    “And the Obama folks concede that eliminating anyone in Washington who had ever lobbied Congress or who has a family member who lobbied Congress would be foolish.

    And it’s true, you could argue the reality of Washington and our government is that lobbyists are often the most informed people on a given issue.”

    See my post:


  1. 1 Lobbyists Will Have A Place At The Table In The Obama Administration (Update From Insight Analytical) « Ms Placed Democrat Trackback on November 21, 2008 at 3:51 am

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