AFSCME lobbies both the Congress and the administration on a host of issues important to their organization, including ensuring that Congress does not curtail their ability to use their members' funds for political purposes.
AFSCME is surely a lobbying organization – perhaps one of the more effective of all – but they have no intention of allowing their erstwhile allies in the Obama administration to apply the new Office of Government Ethics rules to them. Those rules are for other lobbyists, not AFSCME. Indeed, according to AFSCME and their confederates in other unions, none of these lobbying rules should be applied to them.
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