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Lobbyists Retain Role in Trump Administration

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By    |   Wednesday, 18 Jan 2017 12:02 PM

President-elect Donald Trump vowed to "drain the swamp" of Washington, D.C. of lobbyists, but a Politico investigation reveals lobbyists remain involved with his transition team.

Though Trump has banned lobbyists from donating to his inauguration celebrations, lobbyists have reportedly been fundraising for Trump, according to four lobbyists who claim to have participated.

Some, like Prime Policy Group chairman Charlie Black, think Trump means what he says about keeping "'special interests' out of the process as much as possible."

"But that said," Black told Politico, "he kind of knows how these things work."

Trump's transition team has employed substantial measures to limit lobbyists, including transition team leader Vice President-elect Mike Pence's order to ban lobbyists from the team.

There are loopholes, however. Registered lobbyists cannot enter the transition team headquarters in Washington, but they can meet with transition officials outside the building, either for lunch or at another office elsewhere. And although lobbyists cannot attend meetings, they can sent written messages with their suggestions.

Aviation lobbyist Mike Korens told Politico transition officials said that although they could not meet with him in person, that he could send notes regarding the air traffic control system redesign.

"I was upfront with them about the fact that I'm a registered lobbyist, and they were upfront with me about the rules," he said. "They said 'Sorry, Mike, we cannot meet with you, but if you would like to submit your input we'll consider it.'"

Trump's choice for national intelligence director, former Sen. Dan Coats, spent years as a lobbyist, going back and forth between that and government service. The choice sparked criticism from government watchdog group Issue One, who objected to his past lobbying.

"This is exactly how people outside of Washington think Washington works," Meredith McGehee, Issue One chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy, told ABC News. "It's the internecine nature of policymakers getting rich off the people they once regulated. And then to come back into the government — it can be a tough task for any person to basically now bite the hand that fed you."

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