Government Ethics in President Obama's First Year: A Preliminary Assessment

By Richard W. Painter
November 16, 2009
Barack Obama campaigned on a promise to bring ethics to Washington. On January 21, 2009, one day after becoming President, he delivered on this promise by signing an Executive Order that purported to slam shut the revolving door between the private sector and his Administration. He made clear his expectation that members of his Administration are to serve the public free of whatever conflicts of interest might get in the way...