Skip to comments.Genachowski's frequent treks to White House (FCC Chairman)
Posted on 11/26/2009 3:55:49 PM PST by opentalk
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski appeared to have visited executive branch offices 47 times between January 20 and August 31, according the the White House visitors log released today.
By comparison, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner made only five appearances.
Genachowski has had plenty to discuss with White House officials. Future disclosures will likely show a good number of more recent visits to talk about telecom issues--namely, his net neutrality proposals that reportedly caught some top technology and economic officials off-guard.
The visitors log includes visits to the Executive Office Buidling, the Office of Management and Budget, and other White House-affliated offices.
There may be an increased push to control the internet, given how it has been so effective in spreading the truth about "climategate" emails.
That is a few more visit’s than General McCrystal had.
This doesn’t bode well for a free internet or conservative radio and TV.
Technically this is an unelected official which is not suppose to have any power. Hopefully there will be a strong push back, publicly and legally.
Technically this is an unelected official which is not suppose to
have any power. Hopefully there will be a strong push back, publicly and legally.
When you’re helping POTUS to bring back “the fairness doctrine”
and blow Rush, Hannity, Beck, etc. off the air...
that takes quite a few meetings to devise a strategy.
This time, the post is chairman of the FCC, which has been in censorship overdrive ever since Janet-Jackson-boob-gate, and the nominee is Julius Genachowski, CC '85.
Genachowski not only overlapped with Obama's two years at Columbia, but also was his Harvard law school classmate, working under Obama at the Harvard Law Review.
He has already served as General Consul Counsel to the FCC in the mid 90s, but is in fact best known for his technology experience, including "spearheading Obama's online campaign strategy, which used social networking and other tools to spread Obama's campaign message and raise record campaign contributions."
NOBODY REMEMBERS OBAMA AT COLUMBIA
But it would seem foolish for us to expect a special or independent prosecutor anytime soon.
And be wary......
>> Unelected officials take orders from elected officials. <<
Not exactly the case with the Federal Communications Commission, at least not according the the Communications Act — which establishes the FCC as an independent regulatory agency.
The President appoints the FCC Chairman, to be sure. But as a strict legal matter, the Chairman and the other Commissioners are not under control of the Executive. They are tasked by law with making independent judgments, which are supposed to be based only on the evidence presented formally to them under terms of the Administrative Procedure Act.
(But then, the “Chicago Way” doesn’t necessarily imply faithful adherence to the law!)
I think you’re right. He was a bundler. His school ties to Obama aren’t generally known and rarely discussed.
liberal blogger Markos Moulitsas, who runs the Web site DailyKos, visited the White House twice
UBS banker Robert Wolf — a close ally of Mr. Obama’s on Wall Street — made 25 appearances at the White House. Edgar Bronfman, the high-flying entertainment magnate, and Wal-Mart executive Leslie Dach paid visits. Stephen Schwarzman, chief executive of the private equity firm Blackstone Group, visited three times, as did David Rubenstein of rival Carlyle Group.
That means we'll probably never know what was discussed, unless Obama decides to tell us.
No e-mail, no notes, and no recordings without his say-so.
Oprah, Health Care Lobbyists, Among Recent Visitors to White House
The records reveal a large number of visits by people involved at the highest levels of the debate over health care reform, including top industry lobbyists, lawmakers and key stakeholders. Among the most notable guests the president of the AMA, Dr. James Rohack, chief executive of AARP, Barry Rand and Ezekiel Emanuel, Rahm Emanuels brother and a medical ethicist and special advisor to the White House on health care.
According to the Associated Press count, the most frequent visitor was Lee Sachs, the man at the Treasury Department tapped to grapple with the financial crisis.
You can check out the records yourself HERE (I can’t get it to open)
Also on the list was General Electrics chief executive, Jeffrey Immelt, who came to see Mr. Obamas chief Congressional lobbyist, Phil Schiliro.
On this months list were several Democratic strategists, including a group who came to see the deputy chief of staff, Jim Messina, in July: Jennifer Palmieri of the Center for American Progress; Peter Giangreco, a Chicago political consultant; the Democratic pollsters David Binder, Celinda Lake and Stan Greenburg; and Paul Tewes, a political consultant who worked with President Obama on the Iowa campaign.
White House visitors included... , while Dennis Rivera, who heads health-care policy at the Service Employees International Union,(seiu) countered with ten visits.
Billy Tauzin, the head of the pharmaceuticals lobby, shows up on the logs 11 times, while John Rother, director of legislation and public policy at the senior lobby AARP, appears twice. Messrs. Tauzin and Rivera met with President Barack Obama three times, Ms. Ignagni twice
This administration is so corrupt that we need protection against our government. There is a reason why they resisted the FOIA
Moveon’s Pariser Met With Obama
Another frequent visitor was T. Boone Pickens Jr., the billionaire energy investor and wind-energy champion, who visited three times, including one meeting with Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, the records show.
New Logs Show Obama’s Private Oval Office Meeting With Colin Powell On Afghanistan
On Obama White House Visitor Log: Lobbyists, Movie Stars and Bailed Out CEOs
How Tom Daschle Lobbies In Secret: Influence Laundering
In December, Daschle starts his new job as a “senior policy advisor” at DLA Piper, a massive law and lobbying firm that represents a range of corporate and foreign government clients. He has said he plans to focus less on health care, his main issue since losing his 2004 re-election bid, and more on international issues.
many observers were even more unsettled by how blatantly Daschle cashed in after leaving office, earning $5 million in just four years, much of it from the health industry.
Andy Stern, who visited the White House 22 times and Tweeted about fundraising activities, was acting as a lobbyist
So legally he has more power than the other CZARS?
Dennis Rivera, who heads health-care policy at the Service Employees International Union,(seiu) countered with ten visits
You have to GUESS who is visiting and request THAT NAME or you get NOTHING released. In other words, they are LIARS about being open and transparent.
He is the quintessential example of how power and staying in Washington too long changes a person's integrity. The old campaign ad of him in a beat up car talking about Washington elitism. He became one.
>> So legally he has more power than the other CZARS? <<
Well, not really.
In the first place, he’s by no means a “czar” of the standard Obamanistic variety, since his job was established by Congress in 1933, and he is head of an “independent agency” that theoretically reports directly to Congress, not to the TOTUS.
In the second place, he can’t make regulations by himself. All legally binding Commission actions take effect only with the concurrence of four other FCC Commissioners, and at least two of these Commissions can’t by law be Democrats.
And in the third place, the federal Appeals Court for the DC Circuit can and does overturn FCC regulations that don’t adhere to the Constitution, the Communications Act, and/or the Adminstrative Procedure Act.