Lanny J. Davis resigned May 14, 2007, as a Member of the White House Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. The only Democratic member, and a former Clinton White House official, Davis "sent a letter to the White House and his fellow board members protesting the panel's lack of independence."  "Though mandated by law in late 2004, the board was not sworn in until March 2006, due to inaction on the part of the White House and Congress."
Davis was appointed June 10, 2005, by President George W. Bush to be a Member of the Board, which was recommended in the July 22, 2004, report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (the 9/11 Commission).
At the time of his appointment, Davis was a Partner with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP in Washington, D.C. Davis, "once a crisis manager in the Clinton White House," served as Special Counsel to President Bill Clinton at the White House from 1996 to 1998. 
Lobbying for the Honduran Gorillas
Davis has taken on a role lobbying for the coup leaders in Honduras, popularly referred to as the gorillas. Paul Jay writes:
- Now, Davis should know something about apologies and apologists as well. TheHill.com reported that Davis led a lobbying effort against deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya on behalf of Honduran business leaders. This is in defense of a regime that came to power in an illegal coup and is killing journalists and activists. Hmmm . . . defending those that kill activists . . .
- The Israel Project – former senior adviser
Related SourceWatch Resources
- Lanny J. Davis, "Liberal McCarthyism. Bigotry and hate aren't just for right-wingers anymore," WSJ OpinionJournal, August 8, 2006.
- Justin Rood, "WH Panel, Miming Oversight on NSA," TPMmuckraker, November 28, 2006.
- Ryan Singel, "Bush 'Privacy Board' Just a Gag," WIRED, December 6, 2006.
- Michael Isikoff, "Bloody Monday. In a blow to the Bush administration, the deputy attorney general and the only Democrat on the White House's Privacy and Civil Liberties Board have resigned," Newsweek (MSNBC), May 14, 2007.