President Obama’s campaign promises on the issues of ethics and campaign finance are buried in this article.
He has promised to create a centralized Internet database of lobbying reports, ethics records and campaign finance filings that can be searched and downloaded by the public.
Obama has also suggested forming an independent watchdog agency to oversee investigations of congressional ethics violations.
Obama has promised to make information on federal contracts and corporate tax breaks available to the public through a searchable database.
Obama has promised any federal contract order over $25,000 will be competitively awarded.
Obama has also promised not to sign any nonemergency bill until the American public has had an opportunity to review the legislation and provide feedback by commenting on the White House Web site for five days.
Obama has also said he will not allow political appointees to work on regulations or contracts directly related to any prior lobbying they have done, and will prevent political appointees who leave government for the private sector from lobbying the executive branch for the remainder of his administration.