Is There a Doctor in the House... or a Lobbyist?
Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a lawsuit
against the Department of Homeland Security based on the refusal of the
Secret Service to provide CREW with White House visitor records under
the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Crew was seeking a list of health industry representatives discussing health reform:
Executive Director of CREW, Melanie Sloan: “Right now,
the White House and Congress are debating colossal changes to the
American health care system and taxpayers have a right to know who is
sitting at the table influencing decision-makers. Unfortunately, the
administration is refusing to release the names, preferring backroom
politicking to transparency.”
See CREW's complete release and the lawsuit here.
Update: In response to the lawsuit, the White House has released the names and dates of 15 lobbyists who made a total of 27 visits, but declined to release logs with fuller information. CREW said it was a start, but "in no way satisfies" the FOIA request.