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Jim Hightower: Obama's Unethical End Run

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Back in 2010, President Obama declared: "I don't think American elections should be bankrolled by America's most powerful interests."

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Kit B (276)
Monday April 1, 2013, 2:11 pm
(Photo: Stephen Crowley / The New York Times)

Back in 2010, President Obama declared: “I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests.”

That was so 2010.

By 2013, the mist of corporate money has fogged over Team Obama’s commitment to such ethical niceties. For example, take a glance at all the special interests that paid $50 million for his January inaugural festivities. Except…you can’t.

While the White House pledged that it would put the names of every donor online so people could see that there’s no conflict of interest, that’s all they disclosed. Just names of individuals. There’s no info on where they live, what corporation they represent, or how much they gave.

Even the highly-skilled watchdogs of the Sunlight Foundation haven’t managed to identify 40 percent of the individuals. They’ve traced some donors back to such “powerful interests” as AT&T, Coca Cola, FedEx, and Microsoft. But they have no clue how much these special interests paid — i.e. how many presidential favors they purchased.

And now, another layer of fog has descended over the White House. The Obamacans have set up a dark-money haven called Organizing For Action (OFA), again making a show of transparency by pledging to issue quarterly lists of donors.

But the listings again won’t include the donors’ corporate identities. And why only quarterly? Why not reveal the names online the moment the checks arrive? Plus, some checks from corporate executives will be bundled, but OFA won’t disclose the corporations delivering the bundles.

OFA donors will have access to special White House briefings. But, as the Sunlight group asks, will someone who gives $50 be invited — or just those giving $50,000 and up? I think you can guess the answer.

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Angelika R (143)
Monday April 1, 2013, 5:16 pm
I wonder who that is exposing his Rolex in the pic? Perhaps Biden?
Thx Kit-, yeah, what a disappointment and shame actually! But we, at least I, have expected this, frankly.
And then there was this other story, think Judi posted it some weeks back, about how a loan became a donation, forgot from which corporation or org. that was but I think it was also for inauguration.
That is a pretty cool and useful site there, this

JL A (281)
Monday April 1, 2013, 6:27 pm
It was for the convention Angelika. I'm so thankful for Sunlight--they might succeed in getting some of these practices changed.

Kit B (276)
Monday April 1, 2013, 7:07 pm

Sun light Foundation does live up to it's name. Just a little light in those many dark corners. We should go back to private donations with a full disclosure. No corporate donations, or people using corporate funds and claiming them as private donations, full disclosure so we can clean up this mess.

Angelika R (143)
Monday April 1, 2013, 7:16 pm
Exactly! and thx Judi, yes, that's what I meant, my error-but after all same issue, same "deceat"

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 4:38 am
Some of us prefer the darkness.

Tamara Hayes (185)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 11:26 am
Let there be light! Thanks Kit. Great post.

Jeanne Young (19)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 1:51 pm
We aren't truly bipartisan at present - BOTH parties accept huge amounts of money from major (self) interest groups - In fact, frequently from the SAME sources, hedging bets

. (0)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 3:15 pm
Only noting who publically funded Obama's campaign, I knew about Microsoft, if the whole truth were to come to light, I included would probably be shalcked and appauled.

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 3:33 pm
Thank you. However, one must note that if the members of the other party had their way, only one group of people would be allowed to vote and there would only be one party in control of the government at the national and state level. Sadly, this President had to accept money to participate in the game as it is played at this time.

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 6:33 pm
Noted. Thanks, Kit. It is truly sad to think that I shouldn't even bother to donate one cent, because I'm wasting my money when Big Donors have all the say. They're perfectly happy to take my money, but don't give a dam about my input.

Kit B (276)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 7:03 pm

Need I say that this information, though not full disclosure, is only available be it was made available by the candidate, now president. Should the other candidate make his donations public record, I have no doubt that too will be submitted at Care2.

Lynn D (0)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 1:57 am

Many Feathers (139)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 6:58 am
thanks,no surprize...

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 9:42 am
Kit, you can bet your bottom $ on that, I'd probably be one of the first to submit that, should we ever get hold of it!!

. (0)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 10:18 am
Lawyers and politicians; you know they're lying when their lips are moving. Hope and change indeed Barky; bow wow wow.

Stuart Thomas (497)
Wednesday April 3, 2013, 1:08 pm
Thanks, Kit.

I like Jim Hightower.
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