Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Wingnut "family" groups oppose transparent government

From the Washington Post:

The National Right to Life Committee and Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) are locking horns -- not over abortion, but over whether thousands of top executive branch officials should have to disclose the names of people who lobby them.

Driven by the over-the-top, clandestine lobbying of Bush administration officials by now-convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, Waxman's House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has unanimously approved the Executive Branch Reform Act. A spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that she backs the measure, which would require senior bureaucrats to report quarterly whom they speak to about government actions, and that she expects it to get a vote in the House.

But Douglas Johnson, legislative director of the National Right to Life Committee, is vowing to stop the bill at all costs. He thinks it would discourage officials from meeting with citizens, including his own members. That makes it downright undemocratic. And he is consistent: He led a coalition that helped kill broad ethics reform legislation last year because it would have imposed a similar type of reporting requirement on grass-roots lobbying. [Emphasis mine-CK]

Get that, he's afraid of letting the public know what lobbyists government officials spend time with.

He's afraid that it would discourage said officials from meeting with said citizens.

Now why would that be?

Perhaps this is just wild speculation on my part, but could it be that if the public found out which wingnut advocacy groups have the administration's ear we might be somewhat less than pleased?

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