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    Geithner enlists lobbyist as top aide

    Geithner enlists lobbyist as top aide - Jeanne Cummings - Politico.com

    Newly installed Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner issued new rules Tuesday restricting contacts with lobbyists – and then hired one to be his top aide.

    Mark Patterson, a former advocate for Goldman Sachs, will serve as chief of staff to Geithner as the Treasury Department revamps the Wall Street bailout program that sent an infusion of cash to his former employer.

    Patterson’s appointment marks the second time in President Barack Obama’s first week in office that the administration has had to explain how it’s complying with its own ethics rules as it hires a bevy of Washington insiders for administration jobs.

    Last week, the White House announced the president had waived the ethics rules to clear the way for the nomination of William Lynn, a former Raytheon lobbyist, to be deputy defense secretary.

    “This is exactly the kind of thing that makes the American public suspicious of politicians. You say one thing and do another,” said Melanie Sloan, founder of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

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    Still, Sloan and financial service lobbyists question how Treasury will make those determinations. “Goldman so permeates the markets, how can you separate them out?” Sloan asked.

    Patterson was a registered lobbyist for Goldman Sachs from 2005 until April of 2008. Lobbying disclosure forms suggest he represented the financial giant on a wide array of issues, including visas, tax credits for cellulosic ethanol and an Indian gaming facility in New York state.
    I still can't figure out how Obama reconciles this type of thing with his explicit executive order banning lobbyists from these positions.
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    Re: Geithner enlists lobbyist as top aide

    This is more "change we can believe in"....


    See Republicans were expected to maintain a certain level of integrity, that is sore lacking in holding the obama to. And this is what we get.

    Broken promises, goons being picked and no one challenging...


    A tax guy who can't figure out what millions can on turbo tax, and a hired maid like bernie kerrik who had to step down over it.


    It is a sickening double standard.
    Let evil swiftly befall those who have wrongly condemned us

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    Re: Geithner enlists lobbyist as top aide

    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend_Hellh0und View Post
    This is more "change we can believe in"....


    See Republicans were expected to maintain a certain level of integrity, that is sore lacking in holding the obama to. And this is what we get.

    Broken promises, goons being picked and no one challenging...


    A tax guy who can't figure out what millions can on turbo tax, and a hired maid like bernie kerrik who had to step down over it.


    It is a sickening double standard.
    It is, and I suspect it won't be the last time we see it.
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