Thursday, July 1, 2010

Let's meet at the coffee house across the street and see who shows up

Michelle Malkin in NRO writes about the way the lobbyists manage to meet the Obama people to circumvent having meetings in the White House.
Obama’s Coffee-House Loophole for Lobbyists
K Street influence peddlers routinely meet with Team Obama — outside the White House, in an effort to circumvent the public’s right to know.
President Obama is finally uniting the Left and the Right — in joint opposition to his administration’s chronic sabotage of transparency and public-disclosure rules. It won’t be long before liberals disillusioned by Dear Leader’s reveal-as-we-say-not-as-we-conceal policies link arms with me and join in on my two-year-old chant: Obama lied, transparency died.
Watchdog groups and Republicans on Capitol Hill want an investigation into hundreds of White House meetings with corporate lobbyists at D.C. coffee houses. K Street influence peddlers told the New York Times last week that they’ve met routinely with Team Obama officials over the past 18 months to discuss policy matters — at Starbucks, Caribou Coffee, even on a side lawn — with the express purpose of circumventing the public’s right to know.
Much more here. Transparency, does it mean anything?

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