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When advocates become regulators

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posted on May, 26 2004 @ 12:05 PM
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President Bush has installed more than 100 top officials who were once lobbyists, attorneys or spokespeople for the industries they oversee.



Washington - In a New York City ballroom days before Christmas, a powerful Bush administration lawyer made an unprecedented offer to drug companies, one likely to protect their profits and potentially hurt consumers.

Daniel E. Troy, lead counsel for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, extended the government's help in torpedoing certain lawsuits. Among Troy's targets: claims that medications caused devastating and unexpected side effects.

" Pitch us lawsuits that we might get involved in ", Troy told several hundred pharmaceutical attorneys, some of them old friends and acquaintances from his previous role representing major U.S. pharmaceutical firms.

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Troy is one of more than 100 high-level officials under Bush who helped govern industries they once represented as lobbyists, lawyers or company advocates, a Denver Post analysis shows.

In at least 20 cases, those former industry advocates have helped their agencies write, shape or push for policy shifts that benefit their former industries. They knew which changes to make because they had pushed for them as industry advocates.

The president's political appointees are making or overseeing profound changes affecting drug laws, food policies, land use, clean-air regulations and other key issues.

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As president, Bill Clinton peppered the federal bureaucracy with Democratic state officials, lawyers and advocates from various environmental or public-interest groups.

Only a handful of registered lobbyists worked for Clinton, however.


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Denver Post


The Rougue's list of Foxes on Hen house duty at the end of the piece, and what they've done to screw American, is sickening.

"Foxes? No," Vice President Dick Cheney told The Denver Post. "I think we have a good track record."


Kind of like saying Little Timmy only lost thre fingers to the mower blade instead of five, no?




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