Lobbying the Executive Branch: Current Practices and Options for Change [December 1, 2009] [open pdf - 216KB]
"This report outlines the development of registration requirements for lobbyists engaging executive branch officials since 1995. It also summarizes steps taken by the Obama Administration to limit and monitor lobbying of the executive branch; discusses the development and implementation of restrictions placed on lobbying for Recovery Act and EESA [Emergency Economic Stabilization Act] funds; examines the Obama Administration's decision to stop appointing lobbyists to federal advisory bodies and committees; considers third-party criticism of current executive branch lobbying policies; and provides options for possible modifications in current lobbying laws and practices. For further analysis on lobbying registration and disclosure, see CRS [Congressional Research Service] Report RL34377, 'Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007: The Role of the Clerk of the House and the Secretary of the Senate', by Jacob R. Straus; CRS Report RL34725, '"Political" Activities of Private Recipients of Federal Grants or Contracts', by Jack Maskell; and CRS Report R40245, 'Lobbying Registration and Disclosure: Before and After the Enactment of the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007', by Jacob R. Straus."
CRS Report for Congress, R40947
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