What best describes Obama Administration rationale for secrecy of tabled TransPacific Partnership Agreement IPR texts?

Only governments and big corporations need to know about tabled texts
2% (3 votes)
The less consumer, health and development groups and academics know, the less influence they will have
20% (29 votes)
The public should pay taxes, vote from time to time, and then shut up
5% (7 votes)
The USTR does not want its proposals compared to current U.S. legal norms
6% (9 votes)
Congress does not want the public to have access to tabled texts. Unless they contribute lots of cash.
6% (9 votes)
None of the above
5% (7 votes)
All of the above
56% (80 votes)
Total votes: 144

How USTR answers this

This is a poll about the reasons for secrecy of the negotiating text of the TransPacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), as it relates to intellectual property issues. We have more about the trade agreement here: http://keionline.org/tpp

The dispute concerns text that the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has distributed to all countries in the negotiation, and made available to hundreds of private sector "cleared advisers," as well as other corporate lobbyists that the White House trade officials brief.

Officially, USTR says that only governments and big corporations need to know about tabled texts, and that if the public knows what is in the tabled texts, it is harder to reach an agreement. However, the poll provides the opportunity to identify other reasons for the secrecy.

James Love, Director, KEI