Haunting transparency of White House visitor logs

Late Halloween eve the White House released visitor logs and announced the move on its blog.

The visitor records are here.

The Hill report is here.

Though Obama’s administration has taken pains to distance itself from K Street, a number of prominent lobbyists also show up on the list, including Steve Elmendorf of Elmendorf Strategies, Tony Podesta of the Podesta Group and Heather Podesta of Heather Podesta and Partners.

The names of prominent lobbyists for financial firms and trade associations also show up on the list.

The lobbying trade association lobbyists include: Edward Yingling, head of the American Bankers Association (ABA); Camden Fine, head of the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA); Scott Talbott, of the Financial Services Roundtable and Fred Becker, of the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU); and Dan Mica, of the Credit Union National Assocation (CUNA).

Yingling, for example, attended three meetings with the president on credit card issues and housing.

Former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) stopped by the White House complex 11 times, according to the records. The former Senate Majority Leader and failed Health and Human Services Secretary nominee met with administration heavyweights Larry Summers and Rahm Emmanuel among others.

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