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CTFK: Bill Corr on Obama's HHS transition team

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CTFK: Bill Corr on Obama's HHS transition team

Postby gilster » Mon Nov 17, 2008 9:52 am

http://obamahood.org/?p=536

Obama Breaks His Own Rule!
16 November 2008

By CHRIS FRATES on Politico.com

One of the leading members of President-elect Barack Obama’s Health and Human Services transition team was an anti-tobacco lobbyist as recently as September, a position that would appear to break a transition team rule that prevents lobbyists from serving in policy areas they have worked to influence within the past year.

But in an example of how the tough-sounding rules can provide Obama plenty of wiggle room, the campaign explained how the lobbyist’s work didn’t violate the restrictions.

Bill Corr, executive director of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, unsuccessfully pushed Congress to give the Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate tobacco.

But because the legislation granting that authority failed, there is no dovetail between Corr’s lobbying and HHS policies, said a transition spokeswoman, who did not wish to be identified.

Asked whether it created a problem that Corr would now be in charge of reviewing HHS after having lobbied to increase the authority of the FDA, which falls under HHS’ jurisdiction, the spokeswoman said it wasn’t an issue because the HHS secretary and FDA commissioner are separately confirmed by the Senate.

Also, she said, Corr has agreed to recuse himself from tobacco-related issues.

Corr is an experienced choice to help head Obama’s HHS transition team. He’s a former senior staffer to former HHS Secretary Donna Shalala in the Clinton administration and former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), a close Obama counselor.

Working with Corr on the HHS team is fellow Clinton administration alum Nicole Lurie, who served as deputy assistant secretary for health.

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