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Obama Team Met Secretly With Lobbyists

From TV Week:

Obama Transition Team Met Secretly With Lobbyists on Digital Switch

By Ira Teinowitz

After Barack Obama ran for president promising change and openness, and making a point of refusing to accept lobbyists’ contributions, the president-elect’s transition team secretly held a meeting with broadcasting lobbyists to discuss the digital TV changeover.

The unannounced meeting was held Friday in Washington. Among those present were National Association of Broadcasters president David Rehr, National Cable & Telecommunications Association president Kyle McSlarrow and Washington representatives for Fox and ABC, among others.

The meeting was held as the transition team’s Web site continues to proclaim that the incoming administration will not be beholden to industry lobbyists, quoting a Nov. 10 Des Moines speech by then-presidential candidate Barack Obama.

“I am in this race to tell the corporate lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in Washington are over,” he said in the speech. “I have done more than any other candidate in this race to take on lobbyists—and won. They have not funded my campaign, they will not run my White House, and they will not drown out the voices of the American people when I am president.”

The meeting with lobbyists from the broadcasting industry featured members of the Obama transition team talking about expectations and hopes for the digital TV changeover set for Feb. 17. It was chaired by Tom Wheeler, who heads the transition’s Science, Tech, Space and Arts Team.

Mr. Wheeler is a former president of the NCTA and also headed the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association. He is currently on leave from his post as managing director of Core Capital Partners, a venture capital firm.

The meeting was first reported by TVNewsday and confirmed by some participants or their spokesmen.

At the meeting, Obama transition officials asked that media companies do more to help viewers confused about the digital transition, including setting up more call centers to answer questions.

Obama transition officials didn’t return phone calls or e-mails asking about the meeting.

Just this week, the House Energy & Commerce Committee issued a report ripping Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin for secrecy in running the FCC.

A major criticism:

“Important commission matters have not been handled in an open and transparent manner, thereby raising suspicions both inside and outside the commission that some parties are not being treated fairly,” the report said.

Ah yes, here is more of that open and honest government we have heard so much about.

And Mr. Obama hasn’t even taken office yet.

(Thanks to BillK for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, December 11th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Obama Team Met Secretly With Lobbyists”

  1. BillK says:

    The truth starts to trickle out.

    From Television Week:

    Obama Transition Team Met Secretly With Lobbyists on Digital Switch

    By Ira Teinowitz

    After Barack Obama ran for president promising change and openness, and making a point of refusing to accept lobbyists’ contributions, the president-elect’s transition team secretly held a meeting with broadcasting lobbyists to discuss the digital TV changeover.

    The unannounced meeting was held Friday in Washington. Among those present were National Association of Broadcasters president David Rehr, National Cable & Telecommunications Association president Kyle McSlarrow and Washington representatives for Fox and ABC, among others…

    http://www.tvweek.com/news/2008/12/obama_transition_team_met_secr.php

  2. bill says:

    Trying to figure out who is in with the ‘pay to play’ administration.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    I LOATHE LOBBYIST== LAWYERS!!
    No good pond scum, hoof in mouth purveyers, maddog, jackels, ratface 2 timing liars!!
    Thats about all the taming of the language I can do…….

  4. U NO HOO says:

    “the digital transition”

    The transition has been going on since Don Ritter was in the House.

    Pay attention, next February the old tv signal goes away. If you don’t have the proper television or a cable box you need a new tv or a convertor box.

    Are we going to turn this into another Y2K?

    “Washington representatives for Fox”

    They had to get Fox in there.

  5. yonason says:

    SECRETS, SECRETS, SECRETS

    That’s the way Demoncrats have to do things, because otherwise Americans wouldn’t stand for what the do.

    Have you heard this one yet?

  6. Steve says:

    From your link, Yonanson:

    “Thirty-two (32) other states have already called for a Con Con (allegedly to add a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution). 34 states are all that is required, and then Congress MUST convene a Convention.”

    This is some kind of crackpot scare-mongering.

    32 states were calling for the “balanced budget amendment” back in 1988, which is twenty years ago:

    Ronald Reagan: Address Before a Joint Session of Congress on the State of the Union

    There is another vital reform. Yes, Gramm-Rudman-Hollings has been profoundly helpful, but let us take its goal of a balanced budget and make it permanent. Let us do now what so many States do to hold down spending and what 32 State legislatures have asked us to do. Let us heed the wishes of an overwhelming plurality of Americans and pass a constitutional amendment that mandates a balanced budget and forces the Federal Government to live within its means.

    http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=36035

  7. yonason says:

    SG

    I hope you are right, but if you follow the links he provides in the comment section
    http://doctorbulldog.wordpress.com/2008/12/11/urgent-urgent-constitutional-convention-secretly-being-railroaded-through/#comment-61392

    <em”The last state to apply was Missouri in 1983 and since then, legislators in three states (Alabama, Florida and Louisiana), having realized the dangers of this action rescinded their call.

    However, it is argued that the rescinded calls are not valid as the Constitution does NOT allow for rescinding a Con-Con call. So, Alabama, Florida, and Louisiana are STILL considered to be in play…

    http://www.sweetliberty.org/issues/concon/effort2dismantle.htm

    So, if he’s right, there apparently is no “stature of limitations” nor is there a right to rescind. If you are right, and I hope you are, then I’ll feel a lot better. I would like nothing better than to be mistaken about this.


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