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Obama Scales Back Lobbyist Ban on Commissions After Suit

President Barack Obama is reversing part of a ban he imposed on lobbyists serving on federal boards and commissions after lobbyists went to court to argue the prohibition violated their free-speech rights.

Lobbyists will again be able to serve on U.S. boards, commissions and advisory panels as representatives of state or local governments, industry groups, environmental organizations or labor unions.