5 years ban for lobbyists - Drain the swamp, act. 1

Souvenez-vous durant la campagne, il disait ‘Drain the swamp’, le premier acte vient d’être complété.

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Tout personne qui travaillera pour l’État ne pourra pas travailler pour le secteur privé comme lobbyiste pendant une période de 5 ans après la fin de son mandat.

clip_image004Que se passait-il dans la réalité, supposons qu’un sénateur perdait ses élections, ayant cumulé beaucoup de contact, il se retrouvait dans le secteur privé et faisait du lobbying pour la celle-ci, le phénomène du ‘Revolving door’, malheureusement les attentes d’une multinational étaient rarement dans l’intérêts du peuple.

Plusieurs études ont été fait sur ce sujet.

À présent, le capitalisme n’est plus. Pas aux États-Unis. C’est désormais le copinage qui règne, où les entreprises cherchent à s’attirer les faveurs des autorités. Pourquoi un tel changement ? C’est plus profitable

La Sunlight Foundation a fait un rapport sur ses recherches, effectuées entre 2007 et 2012 sur 200 des entreprises les plus politiquement actives aux Etats-Unis :

"Après avoir examiné 14 millions de chiffres comprenant des données sur les contributions électorales, les dépenses de lobbying, les allocations de budget et les dépenses fédérales, nous avons découvert qu’en moyenne, pour chaque dollar dépensé afin d’influencer la politique, les entreprises les plus politiquement actives du pays ont reçu 760 $ du gouvernement. Le total de 4 400 milliards de dollars représente deux tiers des 6 500 milliards de dollars que les contribuables individuels versent aux Trésor fédéral".

Cela revient à un retour sur investissement de 75 900%, précise Jim.

Le vrai capitalisme signifiait autrefois prendre des risques… travailler dur… avoir de la chance… et découvrir l’avenir. Le copinage est plus sûr. Il privilégie de vieilles entreprises bien établies — celles qui peuvent se permettre des lobbyistes coûteux. Il ne mène pas à la création de richesse ou au progrès, mais il facilite la tâche des politiciens et des planificateurs centraux. Ils savent où est l’argent ! Ils peuvent faire des plans pour le passé ; c’est avec l’avenir qu’ils ont des soucis. (1)

 

PRINCETON, NJ -- The percentage of Americans who approve of the job Congress is doing returned to 14.5% in October.

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Come Work for Us!”

Why didn’t politicians do more in the face of the financial crisis, hiding behind rhetoric like, “Too big to fail?”

It may have to do with Wall Street’s ability to buy political influence.

In 2009, the financial sector spent more than $300 million in its efforts to lobby Congress.

Lobbying may be the ultimate proof of a rigged game because this is where we’re able to trace a direct connection between the Wall Street and D.C. lawmakers.

Put simply, lobbyists are paid to persuade legislators to vote for legislation in favor of big corporations and banks.

In the 1970s, only a small percentage – about 3% – of retiring members of Congress went on to become lobbyists.

But by 2009, more than 30% did, as the profession grew incredibly lucrative. (2)

M. Donald Trump et Bernie Sanders se ressemblent beaucoup sur certains sujets, et en voici un exemple :

Sanders, Warren to Trump: You Promised to 'Drain the Swamp.' So Do It.


Extrait de: Trump administration will ban lobbyists, enact five-year lobbying ban after leaving government, PowerPost, By Catherine Ho November 16

Donald Trump’s transition team on Wednesday announced that registered state and federal lobbyists will not be allowed to serve in the Trump administration, and people who leave the administration will have to wait five years before they can become lobbyists.

“It goes back to Trump’s goal to make sure people aren’t using government to enrich themselves,” transition spokesman Sean Spicer said on a call with reporters. “The key thing for this administration is going to be that people going out of government won’t be able to use that service to enrich themselves for a five-year period.”

Every person who joins the administration will be asked to sign a lobbying ban form that states they are not a registered lobbyist. If they are, they will have to provide evidence of their termination.

The policy comes after days of criticism over Trump’s inclusion of lobbyists on the transition team, despite his campaign pledge to keep special interests out of Washington.

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On its face, the lobbyist ban appears stringent, but it could be easily skirted if a lobbyist were to deregister to be eligible to join the administration. One sign indicates that it may already be happening: A close aide to Pence who is a Washington lobbyist, Josh Pitcock, filed paperwork with the Senate on Monday to terminate his status as a federal lobbyist. Pitcock advised Pence during the presidential campaign, and has lobbied for the state of Indiana since 2013, earning $280,000 a year to lobby on a wide range of issues including health-care marketplace exchange rates and resources for the state’s response to the Zika virus, lobbying records show. Pitcock did not immediately return a request for comment.

The five-year ban is something Trump proposed on the campaign trail in October, and it greatly expands on lobbying ethics rules that impose a one-year or two-year ban — often referred to as a “cooling-off period” — on lawmakers and administration officials becoming lobbyists after leaving government.

The five-year ban will make it harder for Trump to recruit people to work in the administration. It is common for administration officials at all levels to join the law and lobbying industry after leaving government because their policy expertise is highly valued by firms and companies. Limiting people’s post-government employment prospects for five years will probably discourage many people in the Washington policy community, lobbyists or not, from wanting to join the administration.


Lectures complémentaires:

1.      Influence & Lobbying in the US (Graphics)

2.      Global oligarchic elite robs middle class

3.      We have neither capitalism nor democracy. We have crony capitalism.