A liberal watchdog group charges the Obama administration with flouting transparency laws by using personal e-mail account to contact lobbyists, and by meeting with them in coffee shops rather than at the White House where the meetings would be logged:

“By having off-the-record meetings and e-mail exchanges with lobbyists, the White House is attempting [to] reap the benefits of conversations and interactions with knowledgeable lobbyists while publicly promoting the belief that the White House maintains a discreet distance from those very same lobbyists,” CREW executive director Melanie Sloan writes.

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