Update – I have been assured by several people from consumer and trial lawyer groups that this person is OK, was not lobbying on tort reform, and is going to put a numb er of people into these positions who favor consumer rights over corporate. This person was previously an assistant to Joe Biden. However, I don’t think people should be in government and then make millions working in any capacity that is based on the having been in government. That is not what workling for the public is supposed to be about.
No, no, no. What is going on here?
Likely Justice Department nominee faces ethics hurdle – Los Angeles Times
The leading candidate to head the Justice Department office that oversees legal policy and judicial nominations recently has been a lobbyist for several business clients, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and would require a waiver from the Obama administration’s recently imposed ethics rules.
. . . The likely nominee to head Justice’s Office of Legal Policy, Mark Gitenstein, worked as a lobbyist for the chamber between 2000 and 2008, helping his firm earn more than $6 million in fees, according to federal lobbying records. The business alliance has pushed the White House and Congress to appoint judges and enact legislation that would make it harder for plaintiffs to sue large corporations and collect large damage awards, raising concerns from some activists.