Shocka!: Obama already struggling with lobbyist promises
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I want you to hear something President-elect Barack Obama said just about a year ago:
“I am running to tell the lobbyists in Washington that their days of setting the agenda are over. They have not funded my campaign. They won’t work in my White House.”
Just this weekend The New York times published a list of names — a rather long list of names of people — who are working on Obama’s transition team or who have accepted jobs in his White House who are either former lobbyists or who have close ties to lobbyists.
The Times reports that some of those people were lobbying as recently as this year. Watch Campbell Brown’s commentary
Now, the Obama team is quick to point out that their rules and restrictions on lobbying ties are far stricter than any previous administration.