Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 1 decade ago

Why are liberal groups asking for congressional hearings on the Obama administration?

Is this the definition of the "most transparent administration" in history?

With no privileges to lobbyists?


On Monday good-government group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) asked a House committee to look into whether the Obama White House violated federal laws regarding electronic records by using private email accounts to communicate with lobbyists and meeting with lobbyists outside the White House.

CREW wrote a letter to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform asking it to investigate and hold hearings to determine any violations of the Presidential Records Act (PRA) and Federal Records Act (FRA).

The group’s letter is in response to an article in The New York Times on June 25 that said Obama White House officials have met “hundreds of times” over the last 18 months with prominent Washington lobbyists.

“But because the discussions are not taking place at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, they are not subject to disclosure on the visitors’ log that the White House releases as part of its pledge to be the “most transparent presidential administration in history,” the New York Times reported.

The Times also reported that lobbyists said they “routinely” get emails from White House staff members’ personal accounts, not their White House emails which are subject to public records review.

The White House declined to comment on the CREW letter calling for the investigation.

As a candidate and as president, Obama has been sharply critical of lobbyists and their influence in the political process. He pledged to institute greater transparency and to close the revolving lobby door in Washington.


KLLYT: Actually the groups in this article are doing this because he has gone outside of the rules so that the emails cannot be tracked when he meets with lobbyists...pretty scummy if you ask me...what is the meaning of transparent again?

3 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Because that's what watchdog groups do. Every administration comes in thinking the end justifies the means, and it takes groups such has CREW to force them into accountability. Obama is no different from Bush in that department.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    while Obama's idea of no lobbyists is nice... he and anyone else who knows anything about Washington right now, knows you have to play ball...

    too much money...

    do you want to get anything done, or do you want him to just sit up there attacking lobbyists?

    the senate and house sure aren't going to pass any bill limiting them...

  • 1 decade ago

    He's not far enough to the left.

    Most of us elected him because we thought he was going to turn the Neocons into soap.

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