Follow The Bouncing Ball: Barack Obama and The PhRMA Deal

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Paul Blumenthal, over at the Sunlight Foundation, has done a deep dive into public records detailing the close relationship between the White House and PhRMA, the drug lobby powerhouse that Obama used as Example A of what was wrong with politics in 2008. As is the habit of modern Internet work, he introduces his journalism with an overview video:


The piece that follows is perhaps the best example yet of the sort of transparency that can come from the White House’s admirable decision to release its visitor records–at least until White House staff starts intentionally meeting with lobbyists off-site. Read the whole thing here. Blumenthal writes about how he put the piece together here.

UPDATE: Kate Pickert, it turns out, tagged this same report last week on Swampland. See her post here.