Obama campaigned in New Hampshire Wednesday.
(CNN) - Sweeping reforms to increase both government accountability and transparency would be hallmarks of a Barack Obama administration, the Illinois senator pledged Wednesday.
“More and more, the real business of our democracy isn’t done in town halls or public meetings or even in the open halls of Congress,” the Democratic candidate said at a campaign event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “Decisions are made in closed-door meetings, or with the silent stroke of the President’s pen, or because some lobbyist got some Congressman to slip his pet project into a bill during the dead of night.”
“We have to take the blinders off the White House,” Obama said. “The more people know about what’s going on in Washington, and how their tax dollars are being spent, and who’s raising money for who, the less likely it is that major decisions will be hijacked by lobbyists and special interests.”
As president, Obama vowed to post all bills brought to his desk online five days before they are signed. He also said every meeting between lobbyists and government agencies would be posted online as well.
Obama has made his lack of campaign donations from registered lobbyists a centerpiece of his campaign. He has taken aim at Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, several times on the campaign trail for doing so.
Obama was also scheduled to address the AFL-CIO convention in Waterloo, Iowa later in the day.
- CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford