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Experts Fear 'Shadow Lobbying Society' Behind Trump Administration

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By    |   Thursday, 17 Nov 2016 07:37 PM

Experts are warning Donald Trump's five-year lobbying ban on administration officials will not stop them from finding ways to use their influence – without registering as lobbyists.

One specialist predicted the ban will only encourage "the shadow lobbying society," Politico reported.

"It seems like more rhetoric and a knee-jerk reaction to filling the transition with a lot of lobbyists when he campaigned at the 11th hour about draining the swamp," Paul Miller, president of the National Institute for Lobbying & Ethics, told Politico.

"You're going to see more and more people unregister. I'm calling it the shadow lobbying society."

Politico reported under the Lobbying Disclosure Act, ex-White House officials can avoid registering as lobbyists if they spend less than 20 percent of their time in meetings with government officials or preparing for them.

Trump has yet to take steps to close the loopholes, Politico reported.

President Barack Obama barred his officials from contacting their former agency for two years, although they were free to lobby other parts of the government. Senior officials could not lobby their former colleagues for the duration of the administration.

"Whether it's real or it's window dressing will depend entirely on what other rules go with it," Norm Eisen, a former ethics lawyer for President Barack Obama, said of Trump's five-year ban.

"Because the LDA is so full of loopholes, we didn't just target the LDA. We closed those loopholes, and that is why the Obama administration has been, according to Democrats and Republicans alike, the most scandal-free in modern history."

But the Trump ban could be a boon to traditional lobbyists, Politico reported.

"People who already lobby and make regular contacts now as part of their profession are going to be even more in demand, because they won't be competing with people leaving the administration and immediately going downtown," one unnamed lobbyist told Politico.

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