President-elect Obama has limited the involvement of lobbyists in his White House transition, to areas outside of the policies they have tried to influence over the past year. Lobbyists will be prohibited from lobbying during the transition.
According to Obama's aides, anyone who has lobbied in the past 12 months will not be able to work in the fields of policy they influenced. Federal lobbyists may not contribute financially to the transition.
In a speech last November, Obama was quoted as saying "...they won't find a job in my White House." He has given them slightly more leeway, but not much.