Thursday, January 28, 2010

Last Night, Obama Ripped Lobbyists - Today,He's Courting Them

Last night during his State of the Union speech, President Obama made a point of bashing lobbyists and 'special interests' while his Democrat cohorts cheered him on.

As regular members of Joshua's Army know, the Obama Administration has in fact been even more cozy than usual with lobbyists and special interests during his year in office. And ironically, the day after denouncing them in his speech, the White House and the Democrats are back in the game of courting lobbyists and their cash again:

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.” {...}

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.”

I think for the word 'feedback' we can substitute 'contributions'.

It's the Chicago Way.

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