Demand Trump Administration Stop Hiring Lobbyists

Target: Don McGahn, White House Legal Counsel

Goal: Stop issuing ethics waivers to lobbyists being appointed to key positions in industries they once lobbied for.

Currently our government agencies are being led by lobbyists who once collected paychecks from those very industries. This conflict of interest is not typically allowed in the government, unless you are granted an ethics waiver by the White House. Ethics waivers are usually allowed in special circumstances accompanied by a detailed letter of explanation, but not under Trump’s administration. Don McGahn, a top White House counsel, has issued at least 24 of these waivers since taking office, but the Office of Government Ethics recently disclosed that there have been several more that weren’t initially reported.

Of the nearly 60 EPA hires in the last year, almost a third of them were coming from positions as lawyers or registered lobbyists for toxic chemical companies and fossil fuel organizations. These are direct conflicts of interest that jeopardize the checks and balances system we have in place to prevent blatant corruption. Sign the petition below to demand a change to this clearcut corruption.


Dear Mr. McGahn,

Every time you sign an ethics waiver that excuses a conflict of interest, you sign away a little piece of democracy. There should never be a waiving of ethics, especially in government office, so why are you signing so many of them?

When a third of the EPA is governed by the industries it regulates, serious problems will arise, and not just minor conflicts. Our planet and our population are at stake when you let the lobbyists regulate their own trade. Donald Trump promised to drain the swamp, so it’s time to take the plug out. Stop allowing lobbyists to influence government agencies.


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One Comment

  1. Gen Agustsson says:

    stop it! enough wih the criminals already.

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