Using federal bucks to lobby for food nannyism

by Walter Olson on March 15, 2012

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius offers no apologies for what might seem a disturbing breach of the principle that taxpayer funds should not go to lobbying [Caroline May, Daily Caller] Earlier on the oughta-be-controversial federal food-policy grant program here, here, etc. More: Abby Schachter on CDC’s Thomas Frieden [NY Post].

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1 Jerryskids 03.15.12 at 8:10 pm

But it’s for the good of the children!

2 asdfasdf 03.16.12 at 1:28 am

The DEA is statutorily required to “take such actions as necessary to oppose any attempt” to legalize certain drugs, see Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act of 1998, section 704(b)(12), at http://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp/reauthorization-act .

Would “such actions as necessary” encompass lobbying? It would seem to.

3 Walter Olson 03.16.12 at 6:25 am

Yes, that’s an appalling statutory provision. Perhaps some informed lawyer could inform us how it interacts with other provisions of law aimed at curbing lobbying by officialdom.

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