Obama’s Budget Would Use Tax $$ to Fund Lobbyists Pushing Tax Hikes

Remember when Obama took office and one of his biggest promises was that lobbyists would never gain a foothold in his Administration? Well, now that he doesn’t have to stand for election again he’s doing his level best to give lobbyists one of their biggest perks yet. He’s trying to make it legal to give them your tax dollars so they can lobby to increase your taxes. And in fact he’s already broken laws governing lobbyists several times since 2009.

A report by the government watchdog group Cause of Action found that Obama’s Department of Human Services (HHS) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) gave federal money in the 2009 stimulus program to lobbyists and public relations agencies for them to use to advocate for “tax increases on tobacco and sugar sweetened products.” This is a violation of federal law.

Worse, even more money has been earmarked in Obamacare to do the same thing, again in violation of the law.

It gets even worse.

Another watchdog group named American Commitment has found that instead of correcting this violation of the law, Obama is proposing to eliminate the law to give him free reign to line the pockets of his lobbyist pals.

As American Commitment notes, “Buried in the appendix to his recently released budget is a proposal from President Obama to delete Section 503(c) that limits how funds transferred under Obamacare can be spent.”

Here is the section that Obama wants to eliminate:

(c) The prohibitions in subsections (a) and (b) shall include any activity to advocate or promote any proposed, pending or future Federal, State or local tax increase, or any proposed, pending, or future requirement or restriction on any legal consumer product, including its sale or marketing, including but not limited to the advocacy or promotion of gun control.

Again, now Obama wants a free hand to give free federal tax dollars to all his lobbyist pals.

Barack Obama made a big show in 2008 of attacking evil Washington lobbyists. He campaigned on “change we could believe in” and aimed one of those things to believe in at eliminating lobbyists from Washington.

Obama cruised into office with the claim that he’d have “the strictest ethics rules” against lobbyists of any president ever. Naturally, almost immediately he began to waive these “rules” to allow lobbyists into his administration.

Over the ensuing years of his first term, Obama eliminated rule after rule that prevented lobbyists from joining his administration and he hired upwards to 20 lobbyists since he announced his “strictest rules” against hiring them.

Now he is throwing away all pretense of being against lobbyists.

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Posted by on April 17, 2013.
Filed under Barack Obama, Big government, corruption, Culture Of Corruption, Democrats, Entitlement Culture, Liberals.
Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com and BigJournalism.com, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, RightPundits.com, StoptheACLU.com, Human Events Magazine, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events.He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions, EMAIL Warner Todd Huston: igcolonel .at. hotmail.com"The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it." --Samuel Johnson

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  • 914

    The sack of shit sinks even lower if that’s possible.

  • LiberalNightmare

    If Obama had a son, his son would look like one of those lobbyists

  • jim_m

    Most of democrat politics and policies revolve around giving tax money to constituencies that convert that money into campaign donations. Take unions for example, the dems pour money into government programs that do little more than boost union payrolls (like expanding education funding) or directly increase union dues (like increasing the minimum wage to which many union contracts are tied). Union dues increase and the money comes directly back to the dems.

  • retired military

    In other news the sun rose in the east this morning.

  • herddog505

    WTHNow he is throwing away all pretense of being against lobbyists.

    He’s STILL against lobbyists. These people are community advocates. Totally different.

    Jeez, I can’t believe that I have to explain this…
    ;-)

    • jim_m

      He was never really against lobbyists, he was only ever against lobbyists that gave money to republicans. The left is not against corruption, they are just against anyone else getting a cut.