Democrats Force Trump To Provide Visitor Logs, Introduce 'MAR-A-LAGO' Bill

Transparency in government is often cited as a critical factor meant to reduce corruption, and helps keeps voters abreast of what their political leaders are doing. Former presidents have all called for, and promised, transparency, but have increasingly failed to make it a reality once in office. Democrats are pushing the issue now, and have introduced a bill that would force President Donald Trump to list the names of everyone who visits places where he does business.

Sens. Tom Udall of New Mexico, Tom Carper of Delaware, and Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed, both of Rhode Island introduced the bill on Friday. It's been introduced as the MAR-A-LAGO Act-- an acronym for, "Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness Act." According to the language of the bill, the Trump administration would have to disclose the names of visitors at the White House and 'any other location at which the President or the Vice President regularly conducts official business'.

The information would be set up on a public database, and the database would update every 90 days. Democratic leaders have been critical of a Whitehouse.gov page that has only displayed the message 'this page is being updated' ever since Trump took office. The party that opposes the president wants to know not only who he's talking to at the White House, but at his lavish Mar-A-Lago home away from home. Trump has called his Florida estate the 'Southern White House' and has conducted his business there on several occasions since taking office.

"He basically moved the office of the presidency," complains Richard Painter, vice chair of the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a group known for attacking Republican presidents, but letting Democratic leaders slide. "Under those circumstances, in which taxpayers are paying for you to do government work and for your Secret Service protection, they're entitled to know what private parties are moving in and out of there."

"If the Trump administration isn't going to continue a practice that was widely lauded by leaders across the political spectrum, Congress should mandate disclosure to guarantee public access to the visitor log records," said John Wonderlich, executive director of the heavily liberal-leaning watch dog group 'Sunlight Foundation'.

No comment yet from the White House on the bill.

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