Not a Joke: For $500,000 You Can Have Access to President Obama
President Obama’s re-election campaign, called Obama for America, has been transformed into a political advocacy group called Organizing for Action. (OFA -> OFA…ahhh, I see what he did there!) The tax-exempt group will use the size and power of the re-election campaign to build up public support for the president as he pushes for his various agendas.
The organization, by definition, is a 501(c)4 group that accepts unlimited contributions, and the donors of those contributions do not have to be disclosed, although officials said they would disclose names. According to the NY Times, OFA’s fundraising goal is $50 million.
The ‘best’ part of this: Donors paying $50,000 or more will be able to attend a “founders summit” at a hotel near the White House where they can mingle with former campaign manager Jim Messina and Jon Carson, former leader of the White House Office of Public Engagement.
The ‘bestest’ part of this: Half of the funding will come from donors paying $500,000 who will be put on a national advisory board for Obama’s group and have the privilege of attending quarterly meetings with the president alongside other donors at the White House.
Wait. Sooooo, if I give $500,000, I can have access to the president? Yes. President Obama is selling access to his donors.
MSNBC’s Chuck Todd (not a conservative) said this in the video above:
Finally, The New York Times reported over the weekend that donors who contribute and raise $500,000 for President Obama’s Organizing for Action will get special access to the President. That’s right. They’re selling access to the President. The new group has an ambitious goal — to raise $50 million to convert the President’s re-election campaign into an advocacy network and they’re offering access. The New York Times says ‘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.’
Excuse us? This just looks bad. It looks like the White House is selling access. The definition of how you define selling access. If you believe money has a stranglehold over the entire political system, this is ceding the moral high ground. And the President always has, from the moment he first announced his presidential bid in Springfield, six years ago, he stressed the need to curb the influence of special interests in Washington.
Maybe when he said ‘Change’ in 2008 he just meant he was going ‘Change’ his views on everything. [Author puts face in hands, shakes head...]
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