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

November 16, 2009

Richard W. Painter

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...

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


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