President-elect Obama’s transition team is making noise about tight ethics restrictions in the coming administration. From the Washington Post:
Obama is also expected to follow through on his pledge to restrict the role of lobbyists in his administration. Campaign lawyer Robert F. Bauer, a potential White House counsel, has been at work on a code of conduct. Said one senior Obama adviser: "People are going to be surprised at how strict we are."
As the New York Timesreports this morning, Obama pledged during the campaign to "bar appointees from working on matters involving their former employers for two years, prohibit departing officials from lobbying his administration for its duration, and require all political appointees to publicly disclose every meeting with registered lobbyists."
We’ll post that "code of conduct" as soon as it’s out.