Kerry: I'll Avoid Lobbyists While on Supercommittee

Tuesday, 13 Sep 2011 07:21 AM

By Greg McDonald

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
In a move to avoid possible perceived conflicts of interest, Sen. John Kerry says he will avoid lobbyists and campaign fundraising while he works with the congressional supercommittee on deficit reduction, according to a report Monday in the Boston Globe.
The Massachusetts Democrat said he’ll concentrate instead on talking and meeting with people who can “inform” his judgment — and hopefully that of the other 11 panel members — as they try to figure out how to cut $1.5 trillion from the federal budget over the next 10 years.
The deadline for the recommendations of the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction is by Thanksgiving, which Kerry noted doesn’t leave much time.
“I’m not meeting with a lot of lobbyists; I’m meeting with people I choose to meet with, who can inform me, assist in the process of crunching numbers and dealing with consequences, and so forth,” Kerry told the Globe. “My schedule is tight and very managed and it does not include meeting with a whole bunch of lobbyists right now.”
Kerry also stressed he “won’t be raising any [campaign] money while the committee is working.”
“I don’t want people to think that I’m being leveraged by contributions,” he said. “I just don’t want the appearance of money being associated with anything I do on this.”

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved