12 November 2008

And the hits keeping coming...

Obama has just laid out the ethics rules for his transition team, a pretty important step.  He's made the whole transition a pretty big deal, trying to avoid the nasty missteps of Clinton (who notoriously waited until a few days before inauguration to fill some important posts). Obama's ethics rules are the most strict there have ever been - and that's nothing like hyperbole.
Obama Ethics Rules
* Federal lobbyists cannot contribute financially to the transition.
* Federal lobbyists are prohibited from any lobbying during their work with the transition.
* If someone has lobbied in the last 12 months, they are prohibited from working in the fields of policy on which they lobbied.
* If someone becomes a lobbyist after working on the Transition, they are prohibited from lobbying the Administration for 12 months on matters on which they worked.
* A gift ban that is aggressive in reducing the influence of special interests.
I'm still cynical, but I'll be damned if he isn't hitting the ground running.

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