October 3, 2011

The Supercommittee is transparent...for lobbyists

Members of the Joint Deficit Reduction Supercommittee, who snuck out the back door after last week's meeting, may have snuck off to K Street, too.

Politico reports that senior staffers of supercommittee members passed along readouts from the closed-door meeting to lobbyists.

Additionally, senior aides to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, and committee member Senator Jon Kyl, R-AZ, met with high-powered Republican lobbyists to discuss their "prospect for a grand bargain."

Over 100 of the committee members' former staffers are registered lobbyists, according to a Washington Post report, so the committee members don't have to reach far when passing along secrets.

While it's easy to say this is Washington politics as usual, as spokesmen for Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-OH, and Senator Patty Murray, D-WA, effectively did in boilerplate quotes to Politico, it's too bad that such an important committee isn't answering the bipartisan call for public meetings.