Political intelligence firms arrange White House meetings

The Post reports that Obama administration officials held meetings on then-upcoming decisions on health-care topics.

White House records show that Elizabeth Fowler, then a top ­health-policy adviser to President Obama, met with executives from half a dozen investment firms in 2011 and 2012. Among them was Kris Jenner, a stock picker with T. Rowe Price Investment Services who managed its $6 billion Health Sciences Fund.

The head of equity at T. Rowe Price, Bill Stromberg, said in a statement that his firm had not requested any private information and that none was provided.

With every story of this type the momentum for legislative action builds, as the story notes.

Slaughter, the ranking Democrat on the House Rules Committee, has proposed legislation with Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) that would require political-intelligence firms to disclose some of their activities. She says the rising profile of such firms gives a special advantage to big investors.

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