My extremely liberal friends are upset about this item.
[quote]Today, President Obama announced that he will recess appoint Islam A. Siddiqui to the position of Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Siddiqui is a pesticide lobbyist and Vice President for Science and Regulatory Affairs at CropLife America, an agribusiness lobbying group that represents Monsanto.
(And reading the fact sheet at the end, one wonders WTF is Barack Obama doing and/or thinking?)
Here, in a nutshell, is the way he gets around the "policy" about lobbyists:
After 28 years at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Islam Siddiqui joined the Clinton Administration where he served in the Agricultural Marketing Service and then spent 4 years as the senior trade advisor to Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman.
In 2002, he became a lobbyist for CropLife America, the lobbying group for pesticide and herbicide manufacturers.
He technically gets around Obama's executive order restricting lobbyists because he last registered as a lobbyist in 2004. Currently, however, he serves as CropLife’s Vice President for Science and Regulatory Affairs.
So, while Siddiqui works for a lobbying organization as the VP in charge of regulatory affairs, he isn’t registered as a lobbyist, meaning he supposedly spends less than 20 percent of his time talking to government officials.
Direct quote from my very liberal friend:
[quote]Increasingly, we are finding that the real “Obama change” is not from past administrations to this one, but from the campaign rhetoric to the governing reality.[/quote]