Lobbyists visit the Whitehouse

We finally have the list of people allowed to bend the Presidents ear in the White House. These are the people that received invitations from the President. There are celebrities, political and business leaders as well as high profile donors. The pressure on the White House to release a list of people who have visited since President Barack Obama had taken office in January. The partial list comes with a promise to start disclosing comprehensive visitor lists in coming months. This will be making good on the promise to be most transparent administration in history. This is two sided as it also shows that despite another campaign pledge to reduce special-interest influence on policymaking, lobbyists are getting face time. The celebrities included Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney Denzel Washington. From the Business world Microsoft co-founder Bill Gate and current CEO Steve Ballmer. The person who should get his own key is Labor leader Andrew Stern who has visited 22 times in less than 10 months. The lobbyists are making their presence felt and probably the reason the list was delayed so long. The list includes Ed Yingling, American Bankers Association and a registered lobbyist. These people all made multiple visits and meet with various members of the staff a well as the President these include Camden Fine, chief executive of the Independent Community Bankers of America and a Washington lobbyist, Steve Elmendorf, a Democratic strategist, lobbyist and Lobbyists and Democratic fundraisers Anthony and Heather Podesta. We find it refreshing that the list was released but we feel that the next step to being transparent is to documents the minutes of the visit and the intentions of the guests.

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