Obama broke this promise early and continues to do so:
“They (lobbyists) won’t work in my White House… They are not going to dominate my White House…. You will not be able to go lobby for an industry that you regulated, and I won’t hire somebody into my administration regulating the industry he or she worked for.” — 12/15/2007, Waterloo, Iowa Source: Obama tweaks lobbyist pledge
Other promises made regarding his administration.
Updated: January 25, 2009
Obama seeks waivers for at least two lobbyists
Early in his campaign for President, Senator Barack Obama, explaining his plan to reduce the influence of special interests, made what sounded like clear-cut pledges to bar the more than 35,000 registered federal lobbyists from ever working in his administration.
After making numerous statements that lobbyists WOULD NOT work in his White House, candidate Obama seems to have changed his mind and began saying that no one who had worked as a lobbyist during the previous two years would work in his administration. That also seemed too difficult a promise for him to keep and he is now seeking waivers for at least two of his recent lobbyists/nominees.
Regardless of how much his supporters may want to quibble, we believe that Mr. Obama's original promises made in Iowa and other places have absolutely been broken.
Source: Obama tweaks lobbyist pledge
Updated: November 25. 2008
Ex-Lobbyists have key Obama roles
Barack Obama campaigned on a pledge to change Washington, vowing to upend the K Street lobbying culture he encountered when he joined the U.S. Senatem yet more than a dozen members of President-elect Obama's fast-growing transition team have worked as federally registered lobbyists within the past four years. Washington Post Nov. 15, 2008
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