Obama made 96 promises during his campaign. One has already been broken.
In an announcement today, Obama announced relaxed rules for lobbyists working as part of the transition team.
During the campaign, Obama pledged the following:
“I have done more to take on lobbyists than any other candidate in this race,” Obama said in speech last November in Spartanburg, S.C. “I don’t take a dime of their money, and when I am president, they won’t find a job in my White House.”
In fact, they will find a job in the Obama White House. Aides to Obama said that “lobbyists could serve in his transition so long as their activities do not involve areas of policy they have tried to influence in the past year.”
The bottomline is that if a lobbyist worked on one set of policies, he or she is free to shuffle down the hall and work on another area.
Big deal. Promise broken.
How many more, Barack?