The story is that the release of visitor logs is scheduled for the last Friday of every month, and this was moved up because of the Thanksgiving holiday, but nonetheless, the White House released a document dump right before Thanksgiving of another 1,600 records of visits to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
The records include visits through August 31 of this year. Norm Eisen, a special counsel to the President for ethics and government reform, has more:
Several of the most frequent White House visitors in today’s release are, not surprisingly, Administration officials who come to the White House as part of their daily work. For example, Tom Perrelli and Spencer Overton – each an appointed official in the Administration – have visited the White House many times.
Finally, as we noted last month, sometimes rather than providing clear information transparency can have confusing or amusing results. With an average of 100,000 White House access records created each month, many White House Visitors share the same name as celebrities. In October, requests were submitted for the names of some notable figures (for example Michael Jordan and Michael Moore). The famous individuals with those names never actually came to the White House, but we have included the individuals that did visit and share those names.
The searchable database of visitor records, including the date of the meeting and the purpose of the visit, can be found here.
…at a certain level, I don’t know if this really tells us a whole lot. It’s great that I know that Olympia Snowe met with the President and the First Lady back in June, or that the CEO of Chevron has been to the White House five times, or that Brent Scowcroft met with National Security Advisor James Jones twice, or that Bob Rubin met with Valerie Jarrett and Larry Summers over the summer, or that Markos Moulitsas has been in the White House twice, or that Colin Powell met with the President in May. But what am I actually getting from that? What patterns arise? I think there can be value in this raw data, but it requires a lot of scrutiny and some educated guessing.