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Obama Names Former La Raza Lobbyist as Chief Domestic Policy Advisor

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama has appointed former lobbyist Cecilia Muñoz to serve as the new director of the Domestic Policy Council, the White House announced Tuesday.

“Over the past three years, Cecilia has been a trusted advisor who has demonstrated sound judgment day in and day out,” Obama said in a statement. “Cecilia has done an extraordinary job working on behalf of middle class families, and I’m confident she’ll bring the same unwavering dedication to her new position.”

Muñoz, the former senior vice president for the controversial group National Council of La Raza, was one of the former lobbyists for whom President Obama signed a waiver permitting an exception from his campaign promise to, “close the revolving door that lets lobbyists come into government freely.” While La Raza supports expanding opportunities for the Latino community, critics say it does so at the expense of other enthic groups, and also supports illegal immigration, something the group denies.

Currently the director of Intergovernmental Affairs and lead liaison to the Hispanic community, Muñoz succeeds Melody Barnes as the White House’s chief domestic policy advisor. Barnes left her post at the White House at the end of last year.

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