the revolving door
"The revolving door between Washington government
offices and lobbying firms is so lucrative and so established that anyone
pointing out that it is institutionalized corruption is seen as baying at the
moon." - Fareed Zakaria
"The same revolving door that exists between the
military establishment and defense contractors is also observed to exist
between the Washington based think tanks and US government departments." -
Rodrigue Tremblay1993 Wendy
Gramm, Texas Senator Phil Gramm's wife, headed the Commodity Futures
Exchange Commission. At Enron's request
Enron became exempt from Commodity
Futures Exchange Commission regulations. Wendy Gramm resigned her position
and 6 weeks later was appointed to the Enron
board of directors.
"The lobbyists I met at Cassidy & Associates
and APCO were more than eager to help out. In exchange for fees of up to $1.5
million a year they offered to send congressional delegations to Turkmenistan
and write and plant opinion pieces in newspapers under the names of
think tank experts they would recruit."
- Ken Silverstein2000 William
Jefferson Clinton signs a bill with an amendment sponsered by Phil Gramm to
entirely exempt Enron from oversight thus
creating the private trading floor that lead to the
Enron trading schemes -
Get Shorty - leading to the California
energy debacle which eventualy, with the help of Arnold Schwarzenegger, lead to quite a nice
profit for the Wall
Street bond brokers.
Richard Norman Perle,
1st Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs for
Ronald Reagan and chairman of
Defense Policy Board for GW Bush, advisor to
Defense Secretary Donald Henry Rumsfeld, is also employed as an advisor to
Global Crossing, a major
telecommunications company with strong financial interest in lobbying the DoD.
Perle is paid a several hundred million dollar commission to procure
government approval of the sale of Global Crossing to Hutchison Whampoa and
Singapore Technologies Telemedia Pte.
2003 New York Times the conflict of interest of
Richard Norman Perle
forcing his resignation.
Of the major corporate melt downs at the turn
of the millennium Gary Winnick of Global Crossing alone remained unscathed.
Andrew H. Card Jr. was General Motors vice president of government
Andrew H. Card Jr.represented General Motors on matters of
public policy before Congress.
Andrew H. Card Jr. became George Walker
Bush's White House chief of staff.
Jacqueline Glassman was a senior
regulatory counsel at Daimler-Chrysler. She became acting head of the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Jeffrey A. Rosen was a senior
partner at Kirkland & Ellis, a law firm that has defended GM in numerous
product liability suits. Jeffrey A. Rosen became general counsel at the
Department of Transportation.
2009"Those of us
who manage the public's dollars will be held to account, to spend wisely,
reform bad habits and do our business in the light of day, because only then
can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government. We need
to close the
revolving door that lets lobbyists come into government freely. We are here
as public servants, and public service is a privilege. It's not about advancing
yourself or your corporate clients." -
Barack Hussein Obama II,
January 20, 2009
On February 12
Raytheon lobbyist William
J. Lynn III (Pentagon comptroller during the Clinton administration) is
overwhelmingly confirmed by the Senate endorsing
Barack Obama's decision to waive
ethics regulations by putting a former revolving door defense
lobbyist/government servant in charge of day-to-day operations at the
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