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15 energy lobbyists hired using Trump's weakened rule

President Trump campaigned on a promise to drain Washington of lobbyists' influence in government, but once in office, he issued an executive order that made it easier for lobbyists to join the administration. The influx has been welcomed by administration supporters and industry representatives, who say the new staffers can help rebalance American energy policy. Democrats, environmentalists and some ethics experts, by contrast, have expressed alarm.

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