Selling access to candidates is a component in all party fundraising, but the fundraising group supporting President Barack Obama has taken it to new levels.
The figures are daunting. If you donate $500,000, you get to attend meetups with the president at the White House.
Even MSNBC’s resident Obama journalist Chuck Todd seemed miffed, saying “[I]t looks like the White House is selling access.”
The Washington Free Beacon ran an excerpt from a N.Y. Times article about the practice:
Giving or raising $500,000 or more puts donors on a national advisory board for Mr. Obama’s group and the privilege of attending quarterly meetings with the president, along with other meetings at the White House. Moreover, the new cash demands on Mr. Obama’s top donors and bundlers come as many of them are angling for appointments to administration jobs or ambassadorships.
Assailing corporatist influence was a theme for Obama during both his campaigns, with the president routinely blasting his opponent Gov. Mitt Romney for corporate successes that had naught to do with government in any form.
Obama has also consistently decried U.S. Supreme Court rulings refusing to dilute government limits on free speech for corporations.
Obama associates and appointees considered doing the same something similar on behalf of The Washington Post after the 2008 election, but that was nixed when even liberal media raised concerns. Even the WaPo publisher Katharine Weymouth hearted capitalism when she stood to make some serious bucks off the candidate she helped elect.
WaPo wasn’t alone in advocacy. The chief of CBS attended an Obama fundraiser in 2012.
Your government is for sale. It has been for quite some time, even before the current administration. However, officially offering sitdowns as quid pro quo with the president in the taxpayer funded White House is, I think, a first.
Todd once said that current Republicans would still have slavery in place today if they could (paraphrase—see link for that tidbit).
Todd is married to a Democrat strategist. He once said that Journolist, the Internet group of reporters and academics coordinating coverage and memes to elect Democrats, “kept me awake nights.”
We all should be losing sleep, considering the lack of ethics in the government service sector we taxpayers are forced to fund.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Feb. 25, 2013)
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