GOP, Obama Could Team Up on Whistleblower Protections

The Wall Street Journal
November 25, 2014

Jordan A. Thomas speaks about the politics behind the potential of increased whistleblower protections

Jordan A. Thomas, chair of the whistleblowing practice at law firm Labaton Sucharow, said whistleblowers are a good issue for both parties. Republicans can tout the use of whistleblowers as a way for agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission to be more efficient and effective in its enforcement actions, he said, while Democrats can support whistleblowers as a way to further fight corruption.

Jordan said he’s not sure lawmakers will want to tinker with existing whistleblower laws as they were approved as part of the Dodd-Frank reforms. “Because it is relatively new and was a significant improvement upon existing laws, I think people are going to want to allow this to play out,” he said.

He also said bipartisan support will mean the laws don’t get repealed or watered down. Efforts to roll back whistleblower protections were introduced in the last congress but went nowhere because “there was not support for it,” though that lack of support may not prevent new bills from being introduced.