Michael Baroody, a senior lobbyist at the National Association of Manufacturers nominated by President Bush to lead the Consumer Product Safety Commission, “will receive a $150,000 departing payment from the association when he takes his new government job, which involves enforcing consumer laws against members of the association.”
Mr. Baroody said in the letter that the payment would not prevent him from considering matters involving individual companies that are members of the manufacturers’ association, many of whom are defendants in agency proceedings over defective products or have other business before the commission. Nor would it preclude him from involvement with smaller trade groups like those representing makers of home appliances and children’s products that have alliances with the association. [...]
As a major trade organization for the largest companies in the country, the National Association of Manufacturers often has issues before the Consumer Product Safety Commission. It recently prevailed on the agency, for instance, to relax the requirements for when companies must notify the agency about defective products.