Obama's 'Secret' Meetings with Lobbyists

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  1. carpro

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    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0211/50081.html


    By CHRIS FRATES | 2/24/11 4:41 AM EST

    Caught between their boss’ anti-lobbyist rhetoric and the reality of governing, President Barack Obama’s aides often steer meetings with lobbyists to a complex just off the White House grounds — and several of the lobbyists involved say they believe the choice of venue is no accident.

    It allows the Obama administration to keep these lobbyist meetings shielded from public view — and out of Secret Service logs kept on visitors to the White House and later released to the public.

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    Obama’s administration has touted its release of White House visitors logs as a breakthrough in transparency, as the first White House team to reveal the comings and goings around the West Wing and the Old Executive Office Building.


    The Jackson Place townhouses are a different story.
    There are no records of meetings at the row houses just off Lafayette Square that house the White House Conference Center and the Council on Environmental Quality, home to two of the busiest meeting spaces. The White House can’t say who attended meetings there, or how often. The Secret Service doesn’t log in visitors or require a background check the way it does at the main gates of the White House.

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    It’s not only Jackson Place. Another favorite off-campus meeting spot is a nearby Caribou Coffee, which, according to The New York Times, has hosted hundreds of meetings among lobbyists and White House staffers since Obama took office.
     
  2. targus

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    Come now !!

    Don't you know that Obama and his adminstration are the most transparent of any ever!!!

    You know that is true because Obama himself said so. :rolleyes:

    "My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government."


    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/TransparencyandOpenGovernment/
     
  3. carpro

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    Just another of his lies.

    Instead of admitting reality hit him in the head after he became president, he sneaks around to avoid having to admit he was wrong.

    Or was his lie a deliberate lie all along....
     
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    White House Denies 'Hiding' Meetings With Lobbyists

    The White House on Thursday denied that aides were trying to hold secret meetings with lobbyists by conducting them in a building just off the White House campus.

    The denial was in response to an article claiming the administration has been holding meetings at the Jackson Place complex near the White House -- lobbyists said they felt the White House was moving the meetings to keep their names off the official White House visitor list.

    But White House Press Secretary Jay Carney described as "laughable" the idea that the administration was "hiding" its meetings with lobbyists.

    "It is routine for the White House officials to meet with all types of people, including lobbyists, and frequently here," Carney said. "The suggestion that we are not being transparent is laughable given the unbelievable precedent this administration has set."


    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/02/24/white-house-denies-hiding-meetings-lobbyists/
     
  5. carpro

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    Of course.

    They can't do anything else, but perpetuate the lie.

    It fits perfectly with the pattern they've already established as the most secretive and furtive administration to ever inhabit the White House.
     
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    Does anyone have any clue as to what "unbelievable precedent" Carney is talking about?
     

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