Obama: Lobbyists Won’t Find a Job in My White House . . . But They Certainly Are Welcome to Work on My Transition!
One year from now, we have the chance to tell all those corporate lobbyists that the days of them setting the agenda in Washington are over. I have done more to take on lobbyists than any other candidate in this race – and I’ve won. I don’t take a dime of their money, and when I am President, they won’t find a job in my White House.
To burnish Obama’s reformist credentials, Podesta on Tuesday rolled out what he billed as a tough set of ethics rules targeting professional lobbyists. But there was a loophole: Lobbyists could work on the transition as long as they stayed away from the policy areas that their lobbying involved.
So, will these folks be working on the transition from outside the White House? Just curious.
This is reported under the headline: “Despite campaign promise, Obama turns to lobbyists.” Ha ha! Just kidding! The actual headline is: “Barack Obama is looking more like a realist.”
The line about lobbyists I quote above is in the article, prominently featured in the very last line.
P.S. There won’t be any FEC audit of Obama, by the way. But there will be one of McCain.
Mmmm, the change. I can smell it.
UPDATE: More change we can believe in documented here.