Despite a request from the watchdog agency of Congress, Vice President Dick Cheney has declined to identify the people who met privately with his energy task force. Some Democrats believe that leading Republican donors had special access to the task force and that the Bush administration energy policy is slanted to favor major corporations. They have asked the General Accounting Office to investigate. In the face of White House stonewalling, the GAO said it would issue a more formal request for information about the task force meetings.

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