Smile, You're on 'Lobbyist Camera'

Some hope meetings between lobbyists and administration officials will be filmed and posted online.

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By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers

Washington's antilobbyist frenzy is about to get a) tougher or b) sillier. Here's what's under consideration: Meetings between lobbyists and administration officials would be filmed and posted on the Internet. The goal, of course, is transparency. The impact, say lobbyists, is they'll just shift to phones or E-mail to Obama aides' private accounts on Gmail and Yahoo. "What's next," asks a lobbyist friendly to the White House, "public phone recordings with us?"

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