Originally published: October 2, 2010
Last updated: October 2, 2010 - 3:49pm
Despite a campaign pledge, the Obama administration so far has failed to set up a central online hub for all of the government's ethics information.
A review of more than 560 pages of e-mails obtained by The Hill through a Freedom of Information Act request showed that senior White House aides looked to secure funding for such a website, tentatively to be called Ethics.gov. They also hosted meetings with watchdog groups to discuss the initiative. But despite those efforts, the administration has not produced a website to increase government transparency. "There is definitely a big distance from President Obama's Ethics.gov campaign promise and what they have done so far," said John Wonderlich, policy director for the Sunlight Foundation. "They are failing to live up to their promise, but their promise was aimed very high."
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