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February 24th, 2010
11:46 AM ET

Defense official example of revolving door between governing, lobbying

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/POLITICS/02/23/broken.lobbyists/story.lynn.gi.jpg caption="Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn has been criticized for his past lobbying work for Raytheon." width=300 height=169]

Drew Griffin and Scott Bronstein
CNN Special Investigations Unit

During the 2008 presidential campaign, then-Sen. Barack Obama repeatedly promised that if elected he would clean up the way Washington works and bar lobbyists from working in his administration.

"I have done more to take on lobbyists than any other candidate in this race - and I've won," Obama said during the primaries. "I don't take a dime of their money, and when I am president, they won't find a job in my White House."

But just weeks after Obama's inauguration, one found a job in the Pentagon.

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  1. Tim Gibson

    The word of Washington is not worth a dime of gold on the street.

    Sorry, but the "I have done more" is just not good enough. Now where did I put those pink slips.

    February 24, 2010 at 11:56 am |