If your first reaction to that headline is to ask, “Wait, Obama is still campaigning?” the answer is: yes. The entire Obama for America campaign has morphed into a political advocacy group called Organizing for Action with just a few strokes of a pen, and they’re still taking donations.
Not only are they taking donations, they’re offering access to President Obama himself to the biggest donors.
Here’s video of MSNBC’s Chuck Todd saying “This just looks bad”:
Transcript via Hot Air:
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.
This should sufficiently ruffle some feathers with all the Occupy liberals out there, right? Dirty 1%-ers and ONLY dirty 1%-ers get access to President Obama.
To say that this is legall dubious ground is an understatement, not that Obama’s own Justice Department will do anything about it (isn’t it convenient how that works?).
This isn’t the only case of pay for play that the Obama administration has seen. Previously, Obama mega donors have landed plum jobs in the administration and and lucrative government contracts for their businesses.