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For Democrats, changing politics in Washington means ensuring that government is open, transparent, and responsive to the needs of the people. President Obama has implemented the most sweeping ethics and transparency requirements in history, building on steps taken by Democrats to limit the influence of special interests and ensure that government is accountable to the people.

Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their government is doing. We are committed to creating the most open, transparent, and accountable government in history. In the past few years, Democrats have taken steps to:

  • Bring unprecedented accountability to federal spending;
  • Rein in the influence of lobbyists in Washington;
  • Shut down the "revolving door" that allowed lobbyists to move freely from government to special interests and back;
  • Open more lines of communication with the American public; and
  • Increase cooperation across all levels of government, as well as with nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individuals in the private sector.
Recent Updates
  • Weekly Address: Fighting Special Interests

    In this week's address the President talks about his first year fighting against special interests and barring lobbyists from his Administration. Additionally the President talks about the fight to come in the wake of a recent Supreme Court decision.

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Recent Action
Eliminating wasteful government spending
Congress unanimously passed the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act, a bill aimed at cutting waste, fraud and abuse due to improper payments by federal government agencies.
Setting new standards for government transparency
President Obama signed a Memorandum on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) directing the Attorney General to release new guidelines for greater transparency in the processing of FOIA requests.