Obama breaks 2008 lobbying pledge

Barack Obama nose in the airPresident Obama promised to crackdown on lobbying on when he came into office in 2009 and said they wouldn’t control his administration.

However, according to Politico:

 … [S]ome Washington insiders have figured out how to work the new system. Case in point: A nonprofit called Business Forward can boast of setting up an average of three meetings a week between top White House officials and business leaders, and member companies like Microsoft, Visa and Hilton.

The strategy: The meetings, with top officials like Cass Sunstein and Jack Lew, are billed as “dialogues.” It’s an approach that plays well with former academics in the administration who prefer a discussion with a special interest groups to a meeting with a hired gun…

Few attendees are willing to speak on the record about the group — most are unwilling to speak at all. One attendee said the strict confidentiality reflects the White House’s desire to keep its message tightly controlled.

The meetings are similar to the Americans for Tax Reform’s weekly meetings chaired by Grover Norquist and the Weyrich Lunches held by groups on the right, which have pulled together issue lobbyists for the past three decades to lobby members of Congress and Republican administrations on the issues.

A former Bush White House official who worked with groups on the right during the last administration told Red Alert Politics there is no doubt that the Obama White House is engaging in closed-door lobbying activities.

The involvement of corporate lobbyists from companies like AT&T, Wal-Mart and Microsoft in these meetings runs counter to the president’s anti-corporate narrative. And each of the participants in these meetings pays upwards of $50,000 annually to put a bug in the Obama White House’s ear.

“When lobbyists meet with various government agencies we are going to make sure that is public and transparent,” Obama said in a Feb. 2008 campaign video. “That hopefully is going to send a strong signal that we want to change how business is done, and I don’t want to be going into the White House with a whole bunch of favors that I’ve got to pay back from people whose job it is to influence decision making in Washington.”

The administration’s closed-door meetings come as no surprise to Norquist who said that Obama has conducted everything in his administration in secrecy ranging from health care to energy policy.

Comments from Grover Norquist added.

Comments

Comments

  1. Gloria says:

    Hey!! By now everyone knows that Obama is NOTHING MORE THAN A BIG LIAR!!!! He faked his way into our Presidential System and now he is DESTROYING OUR WHOLE COUNTRY!!!! He is nothing more than a Snake in the grass!!! Better yet, he must be the DEVIL!!!!! He thinks he is above everyone. He needs to look at his self!!! He is also made of flesh and bone just like the rest of us!!!!!!! And he will not live FOREVER!!!!!! May God have mercy on our Country!!!!!! And especially for voting in this “FRAUDULENT MONSTER”!!!!!

Polititainment

Foxx talks dancing with Christie, McCain
Who could possibly forget this epic photo? Late night host Jimmy Kimmel certainly hadn’t, so when he had the chance to interview actor Jamie Foxx Wednesday night, he simply had to get the back story. Foxx has been the host of this annual charity event for several years. “What’s interesting is that every year that […]
Jon Stewart on Christie's 'pig problem'

Jon Stewart got into Chris Christie’s “pig problem”—which wasn’t quite what Stewart thought it was at first.

Rogen: 'Amazing' to smoke in White House

Seth Rogen told The Hill in a recent interview that he believes he is now on a "list" of individuals banned on from President Obama's residence because of his recent tweet expressing his desire to smoke marijuana in the White House.

Kimmel's insightful e-card rant

Kimmel's broadside against e-cards raises an interesting point about the way Democrats have encouraged their followers to pass along birthday well-wishes to their party's elected officials and leaders.

Stewart hits Pelosi for hypocrisy
Jon Stewart hit Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D- Calif.) hard Tuesday night for her hypocrisy in a recent voting decision. “You are a recognized champion of women and voter rights,” Stewart started off, playing clips of her oft-repeated speeches on the topics. “Your voting and lady bonafides are unmatched.” So lucky for Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D- Ill.), […]

White House

Obama spurns GOP with expansive immigration orders

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on "felons, not families."

After multiple hacks, the federal government’s cybersecurity plan remains on hold

The federal government is not having the best time with cybersecurity of late.

Obama to announce executive action on immigration Thursday

President Obama announced Wednesday afternoon that he will unveil his unilateral plan for immigration reform to the nation in a primetime address Thursday.

Reports: Obama could unveil amnesty for illegal immigrants within days

President Obama is set to unveil a comprehensive, unilateral plan for immigration reform that includes amnesty as soon as next week, according to a report Thursday.

Obama on ‘Face the Nation': Congress still has time to act on immigration
After warnings from Sen. Mitch McConnell and Rep. John Boehner, President Obama claimed on Sunday’s “Face the Nation” that Congress still has time to act on immigration before his executive order comes down. “I’d prefer and still prefer to see it done through Congress, but every day that I wait we’re misallocating resources. We’re deporting […]

Congress

Rep. Bachmann finds the smoke-filled rooms of DC
Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann may be on her way out of Washington, but that didn’t stop her from finally finding her way to the often criticized smoke-filled rooms of DC. On Wednesday, the Congresswoman seemed to be enjoying her a last bit of recess down time with a cigar and a perfectly appropriate tweet. After […]
Rand suggests a wardrobe change for 'King' Obama
Sen. Rand Paul (R- Ky.) took to Facebook to suggest an Obama wardrobe change following the president’s comments that he will use the executive branch to push his immigration agenda. Post by Rand Paul. “This isn’t about immigration reform. This is about his usurping of power that the Constitution didn’t give him,” Paul said in an interview […]
Senator: 'There could be violence'

Retiring Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn has issued a stark warning about the fallout from President Obama's immigration plan.

Pro- and anti-NSA Republicans vote down reform

Senate Republicans banded together to kill a National Security Agency reform bill, but some did it for entirely opposite reasons.

The House hires an Obama voter to sue Obama

In an act that belongs in the trolling hall of fame, the House of Representatives has retained a lawyer who voted for President Obama and supports "national health care" to sue President Obama over Obamacare.