Organizations Call on Congress to Oppose DoD Proposal to Weaken Lobbying Restrictions

A cross-section of organizations urged Congress to oppose the Department of Defense’s proposal to weaken restrictions on lobbying activity by former senior officials in the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021. The provision would change the 2018 NDAA by replacing “lobbying activities” with the more narrowly defined “lobbying contacts” and speed the revolving door through which government officials can profit from government contracts by working for the private sector.

“The proposal illustrates the extent to which DoD will go to keep the revolving door in full swing,” said Emily Manna, policy director at Open The Government in a Roll Call article about the proposal that referenced the letter.

Read the groups’ letter on why Congress should reject DoD’s proposal and “instead expand restrictions on influence-peddling” here.