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3/9/17 Clips – Meet the lobbyists entering Trump’s government, more on Trump’s conflicts

Remember just last week when President Trump told Congress he has “begun to drain the swamp of government corruption”? Now a new ProPublica report reveals that many of the government jobs that do not need Senate confirmation have quietly been filled: “The list is striking for how many former lobbyists it contains: We found at least 36, spanning industries from health insurance and pharmaceuticals to construction, energy and finance. Many of them lobbied in the same areas that are regulated by the agencies they have now joined.”

Campaign Finance/Election Law

Mercury News: Opinion: Ann Ravel is right about the need to control money in politics
Every Voice’s David Donnelly and I have this piece about how Ann Ravel’s departure from the FEC sets up a test for Donald Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp”: “FEC nominees, if he makes any, will show whether Trump is serious about shaking up Washington, DC where it matters instead of weakening regulatory agencies and government bodies that work to implement the laws of our county.”

In an interview with The Hill, Republican Federal Election Commissioner Lee Goodman said it’s likely President Trump will replace a majority of the FEC commissioners this year: “I know that I am looking to depart the agency sometime this year. I would expect a new cast of at least four commissioners, probably this year.”

Orlando Sentinel: Trump’s rubber stamp on Supreme Court would threaten voting rights
Ben Monterroso of Mi Familia Vota: “Gorsuch currently sits on the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which includes Colorado, New Mexico and other states, and has generally landed his judicial gavel on the opposite side of rights for workers, women, students or those who do not have the big money to influence elections. In other words, people who look to the courts to provide relief for wrongs committed by people and corporations in more powerful positions.”

At Rep. Derek Kilmer’s recent town hall: “Loud applause came in response to his voicing support for a Constitutional Amendment to reverse the Citizens United Supreme Court decision”

Sign spotted at A Day Without A Woman protest outside the White House yesterday: “Regulate campaign finance NOT women’s bodies”

Crosscut: Democracy vouchers: Everything you need to know
Great story on Seattle’s new Democracy Voucher program. Sheley Secrest of King County NAACP: “This movement is about bringing down barriers. It’s about lifting up voices from those who’ve been told in the past that they don’t belong. This movement is about getting in — all hands in — and really changing the things that we want to see in Seattle.”

Ciara Torres Spelliscy has a resource for you: RT @ProfCiara: Trying to diversify that monochromatic panel on campaign finance or election law? Try professorsofcolor.wordpress.com

Congress/Administration

The Washington Post: Watchdogs ask U.S. attorney to investigate Trump over foreign business deals
“A trio of watchdog groups has asked the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York to investigate whether President Trump has received payments or other benefits from foreign governments through his business interests in violation of an obscure clause in the U.S. Constitution.”

Bloomberg: China’s Trademarks for Trump Create Conflict, Democrats Say
Curious how after a long wait these trademarks were approved shortly after Trump became president: “China’s preliminary approval of dozens of new trademarks for businesses and products owned by President Donald Trump and his family raises fresh questions about potential conflicts of interest with foreign governments, several Senate Democrats say.” AP. Politico.

Washington Post: ‘Big Candy’ is lobbying the Trump administration. It’s also holding events at Trump hotels.

Laura Friedenbach

Laura is Every Voice's Deputy Communications Director