White House senior adviser David Axelrod on Sunday used a New York Times report on House Minority Leader John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) close ties to corporate lobbyists to allege that Republicans would further harm the economy if they regain control on Capitol Hill.

“This morning we read that the lobbying community has rallied to his Boehner-for-Speaker campaign and spent millions of dollars so that they can go back to writing the rules themselves,” Axelrod said on NBC’s Meet the Press, adding that the lobbyists’ view is “we want him in power so that we are in power.”

“We don’t want to go back to the same policies and the same practices that drove our economy into a ditch, that punished the middle class, and that led us to this catastrophe” Axelrod said.

Boehner would likely become House Speaker if Republicans regain the House. “[Boehner] maintains especially tight ties with a circle of lobbyists and former aides representing some of the nation’s biggest businesses, including Goldman Sachs, Google, Citigroup, R. J. Reynolds, MillerCoors and UPS,” the Times reported.

Boehner’s office has strongly criticized the story, alleging it “ignores basic facts.”