One of President Obama’s most enduring campaign promises was the “Sunlight Period” that he would impose, stating that no bill would be rushed through Congress and signed before the American Public had five-days to review The Bill and comment on the White House website.
Not surprisingly, this promise was quick to disappear, almost immediately upon President Obama taking over the reigns of government.
The first law passed and signed in the Obama Presidency was the “Lilly Ledbetter Law”, which repealed restrictions on an employee’s right to sue employers over pay discrimination–and it was signed by President Obama without the five-day waiting period, or the ability to publicly comment on the bill on the White House website.
“Too often bills are rushed through Congress and to the president before the public has the opportunity to review them,” Obama’s campaign Web site states. “As president, Obama will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days.”
After Obama signed the law into being it was posted for the first time on the White House website, where it was available for public comment–after the fact.
Obama also promised the end to the Government-to-Lobbyist revolving door and in his first Executive Order signed into being a sweeping change to the rules that would prevent anyone from working in the Obama Administration in any capacity for which they had previously lobbyied within the previous two years, and prevent them from lobbying for two years after leaving public service.
But wait–exclusions! Former Senator Daschle, Timothy Geitner, and William J. Lynn, have all been excluded from such rules. Daschle, the nominee for Heath and Human Services Secretary, has earned over $5 million in the last few years lobbying for the Health Industry since being defeated in a close election and losing his Senate Seat. William Corr, another Obama appointee, has previously worked as a lobbyists for anti-smoking organizations on Captiol Hill. Lynn, the appointee for Deputy Director at The Pentagon, has ties with the Arms Industry and has worked as a lobbyist since the end of the Clinton Administration.
(* This article was originally published February 4, 2009 on the Yahoo Contributor Network)