Tuesday, September 17, 2013

White House Tours: Only Lobbyists Need Apply

There have been no public tours in the White House for months, but Barack Obama, who once said that lobbyists would have no access in "his White House," still gives full access to lobbyists and special interests...

 

(Washington Examiner) Regular American citizens visiting the nation's capital lost access to the White House in March as President Obama eliminated public tours to make a point in his battle with House Republicans in the sequestration debate over cutting spending or raising taxes.

But hundreds of K Street lobbyists, including corporate advocates who are paid to influence policy on behalf of Fortune 500 giants, saw no change in their access to the chief executive and his senior aides, according to a Washington Examiner analysis of White House visitor logs and lobbying records.

The analysis found that 200 lobbyists met 344 times with White House officials at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. between March and May.

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