The most transparent administration evah is meeting with lobbyists at Jackson Place instead of the White House because,
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.
Jeff Dunetz asks,
Remember this post on Whitehouse.gov?
Transparency like you’ve never seen before October 30, 2009 at 04:31 PM EDT ..Today marks a major milestone in government transparency — and an important lesson in the unintended consequences of such vigorous disclosure. We previously announced that the White House in December of this year would — for the first time in history — begin posting all White House visitor records under the terms of our new voluntary disclosure policy. As part of that initiative, we also offered to look back at the records created before the announcement of the policy and answer specific requests for visitor records created earlier in the year.
Like much of what we were told about the Obama White House the statement above turns out to be not entirely true. First of all their disclosure policy was not exactly voluntary, it followed freedom of information requests from a host of organizations such as Judicial Watch.
The other thing that is not quite truthful is that we will now be able to have transparency regarding who is having influence over the White House Staff.
And, as if that weren’t enough, the lobbyists are made to sign confidentiality statements preventing them from disclosing who they met with and what they talked about.
The Democrats have pushed through legislation that is thousands of pages long, drafted behind closed doors, by persons unknown. These meetings at Jackson place are just one more instance of what low regard they have for democracy and for the Americans they serve.