Roll Call offers this report on the reaction of
Finally, the reporter observes that there will now be a strong incentive to avoid registration as a lobbyist. For example:
One registered lobbyist noted with some frustration the sight of an acquaintance who is not a lobbyist but who seems very much like one.
“I asked him, ‘Are you a lobbyist?’ and he said ‘no,’” this source recalled, “But he talks to Members of Congress all the time. He told me, ‘I’m allowed to give my opinion on things.’”Since enforcement of the Lobbying Disclosure Act is virtually unheard of, the temptation not to register will inevitably become greater as a result of the E.O.