June 15, 2009

Promise Broken: No lobbyists in White House

You may have heard Obama promise that...

"No political appointees in an Obama-Biden administration will be permitted to work on regulations or contracts directly and substantially related to their prior employer for two years. And no political appointee will be able to lobby the executive branch after leaving government service during the remainder of the administration."

It got a well-deserved promise broken from the "Obameter" project via PolitiFact.com.

But what brought this story back on our radar is that Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has asked Robert Cusick, director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, "to require the Obama administration to release all waivers and recusals as they are issued and post the documentation to the Internet."

While it remains a broken promise, this development could shed some light on the power lobbyists have inside Obama's administration.