The PJ Tatler


So much for transparency. The GSA bureaucrat in the middle of its spending scandal took the fifth today.

On Thursday, House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) served a subpoena to require Jeff Neely to appear before the committee, according to Democratic committee documentsobtained by POLITICO. Neely’s attorney on Friday informed the committee Neely will exercise his right against self-incrimination and requested not to attend the hearing.

“Requiring Mr. Neely to travel from California to appear before the Committee when you have been advised that he will not answer any substantive questions posed to him does not advance any legitimate Committee purpose,” the attorney wrote, according to the documents.

And take the fifth he did, in the hearing earlier today. He wouldn’t even answer whether he attended the conference in question, at all.

Want some more Democrat transparency? How about this:

U.S. Rep. Rob Andrews will not disclose the names of anyone who met with him during a trip last year that a watchdog group says should not have been paid for with campaign funds, his spokesman said Wednesday.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington said this week that the Federal Elections Commission should look into the New Jersey Democrat’s trip to California in November. Disclosure statements Andrews’ campaign filed last month with the FEC show Andrews used nearly $12,000 in campaign money on the trip and raised $5,000 in donations.

The trip, which included limousine service and a stay at the Beverly Hills Plaza hotel, coincided with Andrews’ 16-year-old daughter’s music recording session in Hollywood.

Irony alert: The Obama campaign is having a conference call with reporters to blast Mitt Romney on “transparency” as I write this. Let’s see how many reporters come out of that call aping the campaign’s line without balancing with either of the two stories above.