When he was on the campaign trail, Donald Trump promised to impose new rules to keep lobbyists out of government. “If I’m elected president, we are going to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C.,” Trump proclaimed.
But he didn’t ban the hiring of lobbyists to his administration – far from it. On January 28, 2017, he signed an executive order that simply requires any lobbyists hired by his administration to refrain -- for two years -- from participating in discussion of any issue areas on which they lobbied for industry.
This question became relevant last week when EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt resigned amid multiple investigations of his mismanagement and misspending. His replacement as acting EPA Administrator is Andrew Wheeler, a longtime former lobbyist for the coal and energy industries.