Stuart M. Pape, the managing partner of the firm, was quoted by CQ Politics on November 6, 2008 about what the historic election of Senator Barack Obama as president of the United States means for lobbyists. Mr. Pape said President-elect Obama could consider creating new disclosure requirements for lobbyists seeking an audience with executive branch officials. Under current law, firms and individuals who lobby political appointees are required to register with the House and Senate. But lobbyists seeking to influence career civil servants are not, CQ reported.
"You’ll see by executive order maybe a requirement for disclosure of lobbying of executive branch officials that will in a rough way parallel what goes on now with congressional officials," said Mr. Pape during a Web briefing sponsored by Patton Boggs and Qorvis Communications the day after the election. “It’s the easiest thing for an administration to do that has obviously taken a negative tack toward lobbying and public policy.”