The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) called for an investigation after J. Dudley Butler, administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, allegedly made comments regarding putting regulations in place that make it easier to sue meat and poultry companies.
Prior to his current position, Butler worked at a legal practice that dealt with cases against those same companies. "When he took office, President [Barack] Obama issued an order closing the revolving door that allowed departing executive branch officials to cash in on their government service," said CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan. "While the new policy was aimed at those who lobby after leaving office, the same rationale applies here." CREW has written a formal letter to the USDA's acting general counsel stating its concerns and requesting that Butler be barred from continuing work on the regulations.