Revolving Door Hits Again
In January of 2007, just days after the Democrats took control of the House for the first time in over a decade, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) vowed “to close the revolving door between government officials and lobbying firms.”
From CQ’s Jonathan Allen comes a heartwarming tale of lobbyists, lawmakers and the revolving door that just keeps on spinnin’ round, even into Pelosi’s office.
Pelosi announced Monday that she is hiring one of Washington’s top lobbyists, Richard Meltzer, to be her policy director. It is a position in which Meltzer, a longtime Pelosi friend, is certain to have tremendous input into the shape of legislation affecting the more than 200 clients he represented according to federal lobbying disclosure records.
In a Monday press release announcing the move, Pelosi’s office described Meltzer as having “wide-ranging domestic and foreign policy experience.” They weren’t kidding. Meltzer, Allen points out, has lobbied for such industry giants as ExxonMobil, R.J. Reynolds, Ford, Microsoft and Johnson & Johnson.
The entire list, Allen notes dryly, “is far too long to mention in a single story.”