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So Much for Transparency…

One of the pledges made by then-Senator Obama on the campaign trail was a new era of unprecedented transparency.  And in some ways, he has kept that promise.  But a recent article puts a dark mark on that record:

Caught between their boss’ anti-lobbyist rhetoric and the reality of governing, President Barack Obama’s aides often steer meetings with lobbyists to a complex just off the White House grounds — and several of the lobbyists involved say they believe the choice of venue is no accident.

It allows the Obama administration to keep these lobbyist meetings shielded from public view — and out of Secret Service logs kept on visitors to the White House and later released to the public.

Read more: Lobbyists: White House sends meetings off-site to hide them

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Unwittingly, taxpayers help public unions finance candidates they like

Came across an interesting article in the Washington Examiner about how public sector unions and campaign financing.

When government employees favor one candidate for public office over another, and the disfavored candidate wins, this creates a poisoned atmosphere and an awkward situation in the workplace.
Public officials are chosen, either directly or indirectly, through popular elections, and the government employee should be indifferent as to the outcome of the election.

More here: Diana Furchtgott-Roth: Stop campaign funds from public-sector unions