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January 28, 2010

YESTERDAY OBAMA BASHES LOBBYISTS; TODAY HE BRIEFS THEM

The Hill - A day after bashing lobbyists, President Barack Obama's administration has invited K Street insiders to join private briefings on a range of topics addressed in Wednesday's State of the Union.

The Treasury Department on Thursday morning invited selected individuals to "a series of conference calls with senior Obama administration officials to discuss key aspects of the State of the Union address."

The invitation, which went to a variety of stakeholders, was sent by Fred Baldassaro, a senior adviser at the Treasury Department's Office of Business Affairs and Public Liaison.

The invitation stated, "The White House is encouraging you to participate in these calls and will have a question and answer session at the end of each call. As a reminder, these calls are not intended for press purposes."

The calls are scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, with the first topic being job creation and economic growth. . .

A handful of lobbyists told The Hill on Thursday morning that they received the invitations and were planning to call in.

Some lobbyists say they are extremely frustrated with the White House for criticizing them and then seeking their feedback. Others note that Democrats on Capitol Hill constantly urge them to make political donations.

One lobbyist said, "Bash lobbyists, then reach out to us. Bash lobbyists [while] I have received four Democratic invitations for fundraisers."

In his State of the Union on Wednesday, Obama once again targeted K Street: "We face a deficit of trust - deep and corrosive doubts about how Washington works that have been growing for years. To close that credibility gap, we have to take action on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue - to end the outsized influence of lobbyists; to do our work openly; to give our people the government they deserve.". . .

Lobbyists say the Obama White House has held many off-the-record teleconferences over the past year.

For example, lobbyists and others were invited to a teleconference with "senior Obama administration officials" on Monday to discuss the administration's plan to improve the lives of middle-class families.

The invitation, which is addressed to "Friends," emphasizes in bold and italics that "this call is for background information only and not intended for press purposes." It advises callers to tell the operator "you're joining the 'White House Briefing Call.' "

Another lobbyist said these types of teleconferences occur "all the time."


3 Comments:

Blogger Samson said...

Surely the lobbyists are smart enough to know that the 'bashing' is just 'BS' for public consumption.

After all, you know every Democrats is spending time every day right now dialing for dollars to raise money for the next election. The lobbyists know they still run things.

Most likely, the whines of the lobbyists is just more BS for public consumption.

A fight between the Democrats and the lobbyists is about as real as a fight in pro wrestling.

January 28, 2010 3:19 PM  
Blogger Samson said...

One paragraph so sums up the BS of Obama and the Democrats.

"For example, lobbyists and others were invited to a teleconference with "senior Obama administration officials" on Monday to discuss the administration's plan to improve the lives of middle-class families."

Think about that for a second.

Notice that Obama is NOT meeting with middle class families to talk about how to improve the lives of middle class families. Instead, he's talking to the lobbyists.

Nuff said.

January 28, 2010 3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is not only a deficit of trust, there is a BANKRUPTCY OF TRUST!! I see nothing to indicate there will be any change in "business as usual".

January 28, 2010 5:22 PM  

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