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Obama finds room for lobbyists with “exceptions” to his own ethics rules

January 29, 2009

Campbell Brown at CNN is asking why President Obama keeps asking for “exceptions” to his own well publicized ethics rules.

Both the left and the right, Republicans and Democrats can agree on ethics and good, clean government.

Why is Obama lying to us on this subject?

“Unfortunately, we are again asking the president to explain why exactly he announced, with great fanfare, new ethics rules if he had no intention of abiding by them,” says Campbell Brown.

CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/0
1/28/campbell.brown.ethics/index.html

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President Obama promised during his campaign that lobbyists “won’t find a job in my White House.”

So far, though, at least a dozen former lobbyists have found top jobs in his administration, according to an analysis done by Republican sources and corroborated by Politico.

By Kenneth P. Vogel, Mike Allen
Politico

Related:
Geithner, An Exception to a Rule, To Issue New Lobbying Rules; President Already Wants Exception To That?

On Transparency, Lobbyists, So Far President Obama Is “All Talk”

Obama aides did not challenge the the list of lobbyists appointed to administration jobs, but they stressed that former lobbyists comprise a fraction of the more than 8,000 employees who will be hired by the new administration. And they pointed out that before Obama made his campaign-trail promise, he issued a more complete – and more nuanced – policy on former lobbyists.

Formalized in a recent presidential executive order, it forbids executive branch employees from working in an agency, or on a program, for which they have lobbied in the last two years.

Yet in the past few days, a number of exceptions have been granted, with the administration conceding at least two waivers and that a handful of other appointees will recuse themselves from dealing with matters on which they lobbied within the two-year window.

“It would be more honest if they admitted they made a mistake and came up with a narrower rule,” said Melanie Sloan, executive director of the government watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “Obviously, they can’t live with the rule, which is why they keep waving the magic wand and making exceptions. They’re saying one thing and doing another. It’s why the public is skeptical about politicians.”

But another watchdog, Meredith McGehee of the Campaign Legal Center, praised Obama’s rules as “a good starting place” and urged patience in judging their efficacy.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/politic
o/20090128/pl_politico/18128