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Mothers: Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Lobbyists

What happens to ex-FDA officials and Congressmen after they run away from the debatable scrutiny of the federal government? More often than not, they become lobbyists, which is exactly what happened to Lester Crawford, who spent less than three months last year as FDA commissioner.

Crawford recently joined Policy Directions Inc., a lobbying company specializing in -- no big surprise -- food and drug issues. You may be familiar with some of the rogues gallery in their client list if you read my blog often:

Although federal rules bar Crawford from contacting his former colleagues at the FDA, he can still lobby Congressmen and give his company's clients advice on how get around any obstacles that may allow them to introduce even more health-harming products.

Washington Post February 8, 2006

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