More “Change” We Can Believe in from Obama: Big Donors Get Plum Posts

3 May

Here is a bit of a reminder of what Obama claimed he was going to do back when he was a candidate.  It appeared as though he was well aware of the problem of money in politics.  He was going to “Change” all of that and do away with “business as usual” in Washington D.C.

 

Yeah, not so much:

President Obama announced Thursday that Penny Pritzker, an ex-national finance chair for the Obama campaign, will lead the Commerce Department. If confirmed, she will be the richest cabinet secretary in U.S. history. The president already skipped over her for the nod once.

The New York Times said of Pritzker in 2008, “Ms. Pritzker’s family is renowned for finding ways to avoid paying taxes on its wealth. The Pritzkers were pioneers in using tax loopholes to shelter their holdings from the internal revenue service, and many of their dealings have never been made public.”…

…On Wednesday, the president named another campaign bundler, Tom Wheeler to head up the Federal Communications Commission. Wheeler spent two decades as a lobbyist representing the two industry groups that represented every single cable company, and every single cellphone provider.

All of this comes after Obama turned his campaign team into a new lobbying, advocacy and fund-raising organization called Organizing for Amercia (OFA) that has reportedly been selling access with the President in return for large donations of at least $500,000.  A move that has even drawn criticism from left-wing groups.

The president of the United States should close down his new lobbying, advocacy and fund-raising organization, says a left-wing group that has long sought to reduce the role of donations in politics.

“If President Obama is serious about his often-expressed desire to rein in big money in politics, he should shut down Organizing for Action and disavow any plan to schedule regular meetings with its major donors,” said Bob Edgar, president of Common Cause, which helped pass the 2002 campaign finance law.

“With its reported promise of quarterly presidential meetings for donors and ‘bundlers’ who raise $500,000, Organizing For Action apparently intends to extend and deepen the pay-to-play Washington culture that Barack Obama came to prominence pledging to end,” Edgar said.

I guess the moral of the story is that you shouldn’t be President if you are rich, out of touch and take advantage of tax loopholes, but you CAN be appointed to Obama’s cabinet.

Watching Obama become what he once despised has been very interesting to watch.

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