Reform Groups Give President Good Marks on 100 Days

By Lee Speigel

Apr 28, 2009 7:06pm

A gathering of good government groups –  Common Cause, Democracy 21, the League of Women Voters, Public Citizen and U.S. PIRG — banded together today to issue a joint statement to "praise President Obama for the unprecedented steps he has taken during the first hundred days of his Administration to strengthen ethics, lobbying and transparency rules for the Executive Branch."

The groups give the president props for the Ethics Executive Order he issued "to prevent potential conflicts of interest for incoming government officials involving their former employers or clients, and to prevent improper trading on government service for personal gain by outgoing government officials….In addition, former lobbyists who actively lobbied a specific agency or department during the previous two years are generally precluded from receiving a presidential appointment to that agency or department for the following two years, unless a waiver from the restriction is determined to be justified."

The groups also heralded the administration for its "unprecedented transparency steps," requiring registered lobbyists "working to influence Executive Branch decisions on specific grants and contracts" for the stimulus bill "to submit their lobbying requests in writing. This information is then posted by the Administration on the Internet and made available to the public."

There’s more — you can read it HERE.

- jpt

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