Is Obama Selling Access?
Well, well, well.
The campaign machine that got Obama elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2012 has morphed into a “non-profit social welfare organization and community organizing project”. They will take donations from individuals and corporations, but not lobbyist groups, political action committees or foreign citizens. Or so they say. Remember, they were taking campaign donations from foreign citizens online, and those citizens were being brash and bragging about it.
What does the group do? Based out of Chicago and Washington DC, the group seeks to “harness the energy of the president’s re-election campaign for future legislative fights”.
In other words, the President has now created his own lobbying group.
Here’s where it gets shady.
For those who raise $500,000 or more for the organization, they are being promised certain “perks”.
Such perks could include, possibly, quarterly meetings with the President. That was reported on February 14, 2013 in the LA Times.
However, over the weekend, the New York Times reported that raising that kind of money would put you on an advisory board and would give you access to the President in quarterly meetings, along with other meetings at the White House.
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.
This administration has been accused of corruption and cronyism a lot, especially when it comes to loans and loan guarantees to “green energy” companies that end up failing.
However, it looks like this administration is up for sale.
Donate $500,000 and you will be granted access to the President. You may even get a cabinet appointment or an ambassadorship.
That’s the same as bribery in my book, and bribery is an Impeachable offense.
Even NBC’s Chuck Todd, Obama lapdog extraordinaire, thinks that this looks bad.
“This just looks bad–it looks like the White House is selling access,” Todd said Monday. “It’s the definition of selling access. If you believe money has a strangle hold over the entire political system this is ceding the moral high ground.”
Why is it that the big wigs have access to the President, when we, the little people, cannot? The people used to have access to the President, but that was a different time. Now you need to have money and be a contribution bigwig to get access.
But blatantly selling access like that is wrong, not just immoral, but wrong and possibly illegal.
Even Jay Carney can’t defend that one. When asked about it by reporters, he said the group was not related to Obama, then hurried off the stage amidst questions from reporters.