It’s nice to know that the stimulus money is being so carefully guarded in Washington. Although this new policy is being touted as avoiding ‘conflict of interest’, it smacks of ‘bad taste’. Isn’t White House ‘entertaining’ part of its operating budget? Where’s the money collected going? How much did the CEOs pay?
What’s next? Charging the press for rides on Air Force One?
Here’s an excerpt from the article:
Four of the most powerful business leaders in America arrived at the White House one day last month for lunch with President Barack Obama, sitting down in his private dining room just steps from the Oval Office.
But even for powerful CEOs, there’s no such thing as a free lunch: White House staffers collected credit card numbers for each executive and carefully billed them for the cost of the meal with the president.