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Why Won’t the White House Reveal Who Attended Matthew Shepard Act Reception?

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You would think that an event open to the press would mean the White House wouldn’t have a problem revealing who it invited, but that’s not the case with yesterday’s evening reception for the Matthew Shepard Act in the East room. Blogger John Aravosis has been trying to get the list of attendees, which would expand on the previously available list of elected officials and family members of Shepard and James Byrd who attended. But what about the others in the crowd? From emails sent from their organizations, we know the usual suspects like HRC’s Joe Solmonese were there. But why such secrecy surrounding the RSVP list?