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- April 4, 2012

Obama Cautions Bundlers Against Lobbying Congress, Doesn’t Say A Word About His Own

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Today, Obama Said Those Who Bundle For Congress Shouldn’t Lobby Congress. OBAMA:   “We should make sure people who bundle campaign contributions for Congress, can’t lobby Congress and vice versa.”  (President Barack Obama, Remarks At Signing Of The STOCK Act, 4/4/12)

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BUT WHY LOBBY CONGRESS WHEN YOU CAN HAVE THE ACCESS TO THE PRESIDENT?

Obama’s Backers Book White House Appointments With Ease

“At Least 250 Of Obama’s Major Fundraisers And Donors Visited The White House At Least Once, Being Cleared For Events Like Dinners Or One-On-One Meetings With Senior Advisers.” “The AP's review compared more than 470 of Obama's most important financial supporters against logs of 2 million visitors to the White House since mid-2009. It found that at least 250 of Obama's major fundraisers and donors visited the White House at least once, being cleared for events like dinners or one-on-one meetings with senior advisers.” (Jack Gillum, “Obama ‘Super’ PAC Donors Among White House Guests,” The Associated Press,3/26/12)

  • “More Than 60 Of Obama’s Biggest Campaign Donors Have Visited The White House More Than Once For Meetings With Top Advisors, Holiday Parties Or State Dinners.” “President Barack Obama is using privileged access to one of America's greatest landmarks to reward his most generous financial supporters in ways that Republicans Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum can't match: More than 60 of Obama's biggest campaign donors have visited the White House more than once for meetings with top advisers, holiday parties or state dinners, a review by The Associated Press has found.” (Jack Gillum, “Obama ‘Super’ PAC Donors Among White House Guests,” The Associated Press, 3/26/12)
  • Even Top Donors To Obama’s Super PAC Have Made “Repeated Trips To The White House.” “Top donors to the super PAC supporting Obama, like Chicago investment manager John W. Rogers Jr. and according to finance reports, while also making repeated trips to the White House.” (Jack Gillum, “Obama ‘Super’ PAC Donors Among White House Guests,” The Associated Press, 3/26/12)

“Purposes For White House Visits Include One-On-One Meetings With Top West Wing Staffers, Such As Former Chief Of Staff Pete Rouse And Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett.” “Other purposes for visits included one-on-one meetings with top West Wing staffers, such as former chief of staff Pete Rouse and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. Those donors include so-called ‘bundlers’ - supporters who have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars apiece for Obama's re-election.” (Jack Gillum, “Obama ‘Super’ PAC Donors Among White House Guests,” The Associated Press, 3/26/12)

Sometimes, It’s As Simple As Scheduling A Meeting With Your Boss

Obama’s Ethics Reform Promise “Hasn’t Stopped Him From Offering Government Job To Some Of His Biggest Bundlers.” “Obama campaigned on what he called ‘the most sweeping ethics reform in history’ and has frequently criticized the role of money in politics. That hasn’t stopped him from offering government jobs to some of his biggest bundlers, volunteer fundraisers who gather political contributions from other rich donors.” (T.W. Farnum, “The Influence Industry: Obama Gives Administration Jobs To Some Big Fundraisers,” The Washington Post3/7/12) 

Many Of Obama’s Big Donors “Won Plum Jobs In His Administration.” “Big donors considering whether to work the phones raising money for President Obama’s reelection campaign might consider the fate of his 2008 bundlers. Many of them, it turns out, won plum jobs in his administration.” (T.W. Farnum, “The Influence Industry: Obama Gives Administration Jobs To Some Big Fundraisers,” The Washington Post3/7/12)

  • More Than Half Of The 47 Bundlers Who Brought In At Least $500,000 For Obama Have Been Given Jobs In His Administration. “More than half of Obama’s 47 biggest fundraisers, those who collected at least $500,000 for his campaign, have been given administration jobs. Nine more have been appointed to presidential boards and committees.” (T.W. Farnum, “The Influence Industry: Obama Gives Administration Jobs To Some Big Fundraisers,” The Washington Post3/7/12)
  • “At Least 24 Of Obama’s Bundlers Were Given Posts As Foreign Ambassadors, Including In Finland, Australia, Portugal And Luxembourg.”  “At least 24 Obama bundlers were given posts as foreign ambassadors, including in Finland, Australia, Portugal and Luxembourg. Among them is Don Beyer, a former Virginia lieutenant governor who serves as ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein.” (T.W. Farnum, “The Influence Industry: Obama Gives Administration Jobs To Some Big Fundraisers,” The Washington Post3/7/12)

Obama Has “Completely Ignored” His Promise To End The Appointment Of Ambassadors Who Have No Experience In Foreign Policy But Donate To His Campaign. “Candidate Barack Obama promised to end the time-honored American practice of appointing ambassadors who have no experience in foreign policy, but President Obama has completely ignored that promise, appointing fundraisers to dozens of ambassadorships all over the world.” (Josh Rogin, “Another Obama Fundraiser Turns Out To Be A Bad Ambassador,” Foreign Policy2/23/12)

  • “Obama Has Appointed 59 Ambassadors Who Were Not Career Foreign Service Officers, And Of Those, 40 Percent Were Bundlers.” (T.W. Farnum, “The Influence Industry: Obama Gives Administration Jobs To Some Big Fundraisers,” The Washington Post3/7/12)

Or Organizing A Business Meeting That Helps Your Bottom Line

At Least 30 Of Obama’s 2012 Bundlers Have Ties To Companies That Do Business With The Federal Government Or Are Trying To Attract Its Business. “At least 30 of the 2012 bundlers have ties to companies that conduct business with federal agencies or hope to do so. They range from Wall Street investors to green energy, technology and defense firms with multimillion-dollar government contracts.” (Fred Schulte and Aason Mehta, “Obama Rainmakers Enjoy White House Invites, Appointments And Contracts,” iWatch News1/23/12)   

  • Some Of Obama’s Fundraisers Have “Snagged Lucrative Government Contracts” To Their Financial Benefit. “And some have snagged lucrative government contracts that benefit their business interests or investment portfolios, a Center for Public Integrity investigation has found.” (Fred Schulte And Aaron Mehta, “Obama Rainmakers Enjoy White House Invites, Appointments And Contracts,” iWatch News1/23/12)  

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