Revolving-Door Jam

The new Administration unveils tighter rules on lobbying

A GOVERNMENT OF THE LOBBYISTS, BY THE LOBBYists and for the lobbyists has not, alas, yet perished from the earth. But in his campaign, Bill Clinton promised to make it harder for political appointees to step quickly from government work to working the government on behalf of corporations, trade associations and foreign nations.

Now Clinton has unveiled his toughened -- but not too toughened -- ethics rules. They forbid top appointees to lobby their own agencies for five years after leaving government, extending the present one-year ban. Clinton's White House staff members would be barred for the same period from lobbying...

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