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Obama Selling Access to White House for $500,000

This is easily the most vile, corrupt administration in the history of the presidency.

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Obama’s Backers Seek Big Donors to Press Agenda


President Obama’s political team is fanning out across the country in pursuit of an ambitious goal: raising $50 million to convert his re-election campaign into a powerhouse national advocacy network, a sum that would rank the new group as one of Washington’s biggest lobbying operations.

But the rebooted campaign, known as Organizing for Action, has plunged the president and his aides into a campaign finance limbo with few clear rules, ample potential for influence-peddling, and no real precedent in national politics.

In private meetings and phone calls, Mr. Obama’s aides have made clear that the new organization will rely heavily on a small number of deep-pocketed donors, not unlike the “super PACs” whose influence on political campaigns Mr. Obama once deplored.

At least half of the group’s budget will come from a select group of donors who will each contribute or raise $500,000 or more, according to donors and strategists involved in the effort.

Unlike a presidential campaign, Organizing for Action has been set up as a tax-exempt “social welfare group.” That means it is not bound by federal contribution limits, laws that bar White House officials from soliciting contributions, or the stringent reporting requirements for campaigns. In their place, the new group will self-regulate.

Officials said it would voluntarily disclose the names of large donors every few months and would not ask administration personnel to solicit money, though Obama aides will probably appear at some events.

The money will pay for salaries, rent and advertising, and will also be used to maintain the expensive voter database and technological infrastructure that knits together Mr. Obama’s 2 million volunteers, 17 million e-mail subscribers and 22 million Twitter followers.

The goal is to harness those resources in support of Mr. Obama’s second-term policy priorities, including efforts to curb gun violence and climate change and overhaul immigration procedures. Those efforts began Friday, when thousands of Obama supporters were deployed through more than 80 Congressional districts around the country to rally outside lawmakers’ offices, hold vigils and bombard Congress with e-mails and phone calls urging members to support stricter background checks for gun buyers.

“There are wins we can have on guns and immigration,” Jon Carson, the group’s new executive director, told prospective donors on a conference call on Wednesday, according to people who participated. “We have to change the conventional wisdom on those issues.”

But those contributions will also translate into access, according to donors courted by the president’s aides. Next month, Organizing for Action will hold a “founders summit” at a hotel near the White House, where donors paying $50,000 each will mingle with Mr. Obama’s former campaign manager, Jim Messina, and Mr. Carson, who previously led the White House Office of Public Engagement.

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.

“It just smells,” said Bob Edgar, the president of Common Cause, which advocates tighter regulation of campaign money. “The president is setting a very bad model setting up this organization.”

Mr. Obama’s new organization has drawn rebukes in recent days from watchdog groups, which view it as another step away from the tighter campaign regulation Mr. Obama once championed. Over the past two years, he has reversed course on several campaign finance issues, by blessing a super PAC created by former aides and accepting large corporate contributions for his second inauguration.

Many traditional advocacy organizations, including the Sierra Club and the National Rifle Association, are set up as social welfare groups, or 501(c)(4)’s in tax parlance. But unlike those groups, Organizing for Action appears to be an extension of the administration, stocked with alumni of Mr. Obama’s White House and campaign teams and devoted solely to the president’s second-term agenda.

Robert K. Kelner, a Republican election lawyer who works with other outside groups, said the arrangement “presents a rather simple loophole in the otherwise incredibly complex web of government ethics regulations that are intended to insulate government officials from outside influence.”

The closest precedents for Organizing for Action exist at the state level. In New Jersey, a 501(c)(4) called the Committee for Our Children’s Future, set up by friends of Gov. Chris Christie, has run hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of advertising praising Mr. Christie’s proposals.

In New York, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo encouraged the formation of a nonprofit group, the Committee to Save New York, that is run by business leaders allied with him, and it has raised millions of dollars from corporations, private sector unions, and individuals. The group supported Mr. Cuomo’s agenda — but it also thrust him into controversy when The New York Times revealed that gambling interests poured $2 million into the group as Mr. Cuomo was developing a proposal to expand casino gambling.

Organizing for Action said it would accept unlimited personal and corporate contributions, but no money from political action committees, lobbyists or foreign citizens. Officials said they would focus — for now — on grass-roots organizing, amplified by Internet advertising. Friday’s “day of action” involved half a million dollars’ worth of targeted Internet ads and events in Florida, Maine, Pennsylvania and California, among other states.

“O.F.A.’s first day of action was about bringing the issue of closing background-check loopholes into communities across the country that feel very strongly about supporting the president’s plan to reduce gun violence,” said Katie Hogan, a spokeswoman for the group.

Organizing for Action has also promised to steer clear of electoral politics, unlike the politically active nonprofit groups like the right-leaning Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies and Americans for Prosperity. Such groups spent hundreds of millions of dollars on advertising during the recent election campaign season, ostensibly for issue advocacy, spurring a wave of lawsuits, ethics complaints from campaign watchdogs and criticism from Mr. Obama himself.

But the distinction between campaigning and issue advocacy may be hard for Organizing for Action to maintain in the prelude to the 2014 elections, especially if it continues its emphasis on pressing lawmakers on delicate issues like immigration and guns.

In Wednesday’s conference call, Mr. Carson said the group hoped to form partnerships with other 501(c)(4) groups on the left, including America Votes, which was at the center of Democratic efforts to defeat President George W. Bush in 2004 and now serves as a coordinator for progressive advocacy organizations. He also said Organizing for Action wanted to be a counterweight to grass-roots organizations on the right, like the N.R.A., according to people who took part in the call.

There should be “as much of a price to pay if you tick off the gun violence people” as there is for angering the N.R.A., Mr. Carson said, according to those people. “Let’s build an organization that means that Republicans are embarrassed to have climate change deniers running for office.”


http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/23/us...nted=all&_r=3&

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Old 02-26-2013, 11:43 AM   #31
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Karl Rove didn't do this.
Karl Rove didn't belong on a political team and then launched a national fundraising organization to support Republican candidates?

I think so. And do you think he sought after deep-pockets?
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:49 AM   #32
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Are people ever going to judge an action on it's own anymore or just keep going down the "your guy did it first" road which has gotten us all to this dead end. These crooks are laughing at us because they know a bunch of us idiots will always have their backs...and the rest are watching American Idol.
Yeah, I was against it before it was cool to be against it. I still hold the radical opinion that this isn't just Obama allowing more free speech to hit upon his ears for $500K.
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:52 AM   #33
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Karl Rove didn't belong on a political team and then launched a national fundraising organization to support Republican candidates?

I think so. And do you think he sought after deep-pockets?
Nope. Not while GWBush was still in the WH. And not with a pricetag for an audience with the President.
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:54 AM   #34
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It doesn't count because Obama doesn't like to do it. He just has to because Republicans do this kind of thing so much.
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Old 02-26-2013, 12:10 PM   #35
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Nope. Not while GWBush was still in the WH. And not with a pricetag for an audience with the President.
This seems like just another sad extension of Bush precedent.
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Old 02-26-2013, 01:49 PM   #36
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Nope. Not while GWBush was still in the WH. And not with a pricetag for an audience with the President.
So, you are asserting that high-dollar donors were granted no more access to the president than the folks who sent in $5?
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Are people ever going to judge an action on it's own anymore or just keep going down the "your guy did it first" road which has gotten us all to this dead end. These crooks are laughing at us because they know a bunch of us idiots will always have their backs...and the rest are watching American Idol.
There are ways to deal with this, but they all have to do with banning political organizations, banning donations to them, banning all sorts of aspects of free speech and free association.
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That's chump change for the Koch Brothers. They should hop on board!
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So, Obama is like Republicans? Because a lot of your threads seem to say how bad Republicans are.
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Are people ever going to judge an action on it's own anymore or just keep going down the "your guy did it first" road which has gotten us all to this dead end. These crooks are laughing at us because they know a bunch of us idiots will always have their backs...and the rest are watching American Idol.
That's exactly what we've come too. We don't have the stones to fix problems. We just fling shit all over each other like a bunch of monkeys. Our Grandparents are turning over in their graves.
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That's exactly what we've come too. We don't have the stones to fix problems. We just fling shit all over each other like a bunch of monkeys. Our Grandparents are turning over in their graves.
I think this has something to do with changed nature of the American people too.
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I wish politics were pure again, like when it was just Karl Rove running his little right-wing organization.


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/people who had their memories erased and have no knowledge of anything prior to 2009.

"Sunlight Before Signing: Too often bills are rushed through Congress and to the president before the public has the opportunity to review them. As president, Obama will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days."
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This is easily the most vile, corrupt administration in the history of the presidency.

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"President Obama ran in 2008 while making big promises on transparency and ethics, including vows to ban lobbyists from working for him, to throw open negotiations on health care legislation, to speed freedom-of-information requests and to let voters have direct input before he signed bills into law.

He is making no such promises in this year’s campaign, though, nor is he taking a victory lap on those old vows.

That’s because while he made some progress — particularly in making White House visitor logs public — his record on the other promises falls short of what he pledged.

Freedom-of-information requests are taking even longer, dozens of lobbyists have earned waivers to work for him, the presidential public campaign finance system remains unusable and, more recently, House investigators have released documents showing the backroom deals he cut with health insurance industry players to win support for his 2010 overhaul.

“We were pretty excited when he first came in about his commitment to transparency — that seemed pretty good compared to the Bush years,” said Jennifer Lynch, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an open-government group. “Unfortunately, it hasn’t panned out that way. If anything, the Obama administration is less transparent than prior administrations.”

A transparency report to be released Monday by the libertarian-leaning Cato Institute gives the administration an abysmal grade for “virtually ignoring” Mr. Obama’s promise to post laws on the White House website for five days before the president signs them, in order to give voters a chance to email their comments.

Cato also tested all 20 Cabinet-level agencies and said 19 failed to obey the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)."

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