Originally published: March 28, 2011
Last updated: March 28, 2011 - 6:57pm
Democrats on the House oversight committee accused the panel’s chairman of inflating the number of White House visits made by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski to suggest the Obama Administration meddled in the development of network neutrality policy.
According to the latest Democratic analysis of the meetings, Chairman Genachowski made only 34 visits to the White House between January 2009 and November 2010. That’s far shy of the 81 visits Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA). Democratic staffers accused Issa of headline hunting. "He's sniffing into network neutrality because it is a hot-button issue," said one Democratic staffer. "This has almost become a pattern where they shoot off at the hip. It's become a pattern, and it's problematic and creating a distraction."