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Watchdog Groups Call for Super Committee Transparency

Watchdog Groups Call for Super Committee Transparency

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A Letter to the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction Calling for Accountability
A Letter to the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction Calling for Accountability

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September15,2011TheHonorablePattyMurrayTheHonorableJebHensarlingTheHonorableMaxBaucusTheHonorableJohnKerryTheHonorableJonKylTheHonorableRobPortmanTheHonorablePatrickToomeyTheHonorableXavierBecerraTheHonorableDaveCampTheHonorableJamesClyburnTheHonorableFredUptonTheHonorableChrisVanHollenDearSenatorMurray,RepresentativeHensarlingandMembersoftheCommitteeonDeficitReduction:TheundersignedarewritingtourgeyoutoimmediatelytakestepstovoluntarilydisclosetheeffortsofoutsideintereststolobbyyouonmattersrelatedtotheCommitteeonDeficitReduction.Likewise,weurgeyoutoalsodisclosethecampaigncontributionsyoureceivebetweennowandthetimetheCommitteesubmitsitsfinalrecommendationstoCongress.Failuretoensuretransparencyofthesefundamentalavenuesofinfluencewillreinforcethepublic’smistrustoftheprocessandrisksdelegitimizingtheCommittee’swork.
 
YourcriticalworkonthisCommitteehasbegun,andyetthepublicremainsinthedarkaboutspecialinterests’attemptstoinfluenceyourdecision‐makingprocess,whetherbymeetingwithyouordonatingtoyourcampaigns.EffortstomaketheworkoftheCommitteetransparentbypostinginformationontheCommittee’snewwebsitearelaudable,asaredecisionstoforegoattendingfundraisersduringthistimeperiod.Unfortunately,neithershinesalightonwhomaybelobbyingorcontinuingtocontributetoyourcampaigns.BecauseneitherlobbyingdisclosurereportsnorcampaignfinancereportsarerequiredtobemadepublicuntilJanuary,thepublicwillnothaveaccesstothecriticalinformationcontainedinthosereportsuntillongaftertheDeficitCommitteehascompleteditswork.Disclosingmeetingsfromregisteredlobbyistsandotherspecialinterestsseekingassistancehasprecedent.TheObamaadministrationrequiredexecutivebranchofficialstodisclosemeetingsontheimplementationoftheTroubledAssetReliefProgram,theAmericanRecoveryandReinvestmentActandtheWallStreetReformandConsumerProtectionAct.DisclosureofeffortstolobbyMembersofCongresssittingontheDeficitCommitteeisatleastascritical.

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