Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Podesta promises 'strictest' ethics rules

Change has already started. It's a good first step and Obama is sticking to his campaign promise. McCain and Palin didn't win because they had no substance, no content.
clipped from www.politico.com

Podesta promises 'strictest' ethics rules

President-elect Barack Obama did not employ lobbyists on his campaign, but they can assist with his transition as long as they de-register as lobbyists and their activities do not cross into policy areas they have tried to influence.

Carrying over the anti-lobbying tenets that defined the campaign, Obama transition chief John Podesta announced Tuesday that the president-elect would enforce what he called “the strictest, the most far-reaching ethics rules of any transition team in history.”

There is no blanket ban on lobbyists, but they will not be able to do transition work in their area of expertise if they lobbied in the past 12 months, nor can they lobby the administration for 12 months afterward on matters on which they worked during the transition.

As for the composition of the Cabinet, Podesta said Obama will make more than “token-level” appointments of Republicans and independents.
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