Victoria Espinel, who until recently served as the White House’s first intellectual property enforcement coordinator, will now head one of the most powerful trade groups in the tech industry. She’s been tapped to become the new president and CEO of The Software Alliance (or BSA) starting September 3rd. In her new role, she’ll be tasked with pushing the anti-piracy interests of major players like Microsoft, Dell, Apple, Oracle, and Intel. And while the BSA spends a large part of its time lobbying Congress and other governments to push that agenda, Espinel will be barred from engaging in such practices herself – at least initially. According to Politico, an ethics pledge Espinel took to secure her “copyright czar” position under President Obama prevents her from lobbying for at least two years.
No corruption here. Nothing to see. Move along.
On January 21, 2009 Obama said:
But the American people deserve more than simply an assurance that those who are coming to Washington will serve their interests. They also deserve to know that there are rules on the books to keep it that way. They deserve a government that is truly of, by, and for the people. As I often said during the campaign, we need to make the White House the people’s house. And we need to close the revolving door that lets lobbyists come into government freely, and lets them use their time in public service as a way to promote their own interests over the interests of the American people when they leave.
I know…..I’m old enough that I shouldn’t be surprised by another broken campaign promise 🙁
edited to add italics
Edited 2013-08-29 15:54 UTC