The Obama administration is facing more trouble with their lack of transparency. A federal lawsuit has been filed in U.S. District Court, by the National Right to Work Foundation The Department of Labor (DOL) has ignored a series of requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation (NRTW).
The American people have the right to know about the close connections between the Big Labor operatives and DOL officials.
A pledge made by Obama on his first day in office is just another lie. He pledged that his appointees "will not for a period of two years ... participate in any particular matter involving speific parties that is directly and substantially related to their former employer."
The possibility of conflicts of interest start right at the top, with Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. She formerly held a leadership position with American Rights at Work, funded by the AFL-CIO and Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Now as Secretary of Labor has been given a free pass. While serving as a member of Congress she helped oversee ARAW's lobbying program (a Congressional ethics problem).
NTRW also is requesting information on Deborah Greenfield a former AFL-CIO lawyer. A suit was filed by her on behalf of Big Labor, hoping to stop the implementation of modest disclosure requirements for union official. Quess what? Now Greenfield is overseeing the roll back of those same reporting guidelines.
Seven months ago a FOIA request was filed for by the National Right to Work Foundation. The only response they received were a few cursory status updates. The statutory requirement to provide disclosure was ignored by Obama's DOL. Now they will hopefully be forced to comply with it's obligations under the Freedom of Information Act.
I wonder are they hiding information? Are Solis and Greenfield coordinating their activities with union operatives?