Obama Bundlers Gone Wild


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The White House didn’t blow a dog whistle for deep-pocketed liberal donors on Monday. No, the administration whipped out a supersized vuvuzela. Blaring message: Let loose the campaign finance-bundling hounds of super PAC war!

President Obama’s campaign manager, Jim Messina, who served as White House deputy chief of staff for operations before assuming 2012 re-election duties, announced the super PAC super-flip-flop in a mass e-mail to supporters and a blog post published on the left-wing Huffington Post website. In a related conference call to major campaign finance bundlers, Messina encouraged these high-dollar donors to start funding Priorities USA Action. That’s the Democratic super PAC founded by former White House staffers Bill Burton and Sean Sweeney.

Super PACs and campaigns are barred from coordinating with each other. Nevertheless, Messina said that “senior campaign officials as well as some White House and Cabinet officials will attend and speak at Priorities USA fundraising events.” Of course, they “won’t be soliciting contributions.” Wink-wink, nudge-nudge.

This brazen about-face for Team Obama is a goldmine of campaign lies, contortions and epic hypocrisy. Let us count the ways.

— A bundle of contradictions. “Bundling” is the rustling up of aggregate contributions from friends, business associates and employees, a practice to circumvent individual donation limits that Obama has long condemned. When he announced his presidential intentions in 2007, candidate Obama decried “the cynics, the lobbyists, the special interests who’ve turned our government into a game only they can afford to play.” He indignantly singled out “the best bundlers” who get the “greatest access” to power.

Last week, Obama acknowledged raising at least $74 million through his team of big-time bundlers who have been showered with access, tax dollars and plum patronage positions. This elite group of Hollywood celebrities (such as open-borders actress Eva Longoria), political cronies (such as Chicago bagman Louis “The Vacuum” Susman) and politically correct businessmen (such as bankrupt Solyndra investor George Kaiser) now totals a whopping 445 gold-card members.

— The roar of the revolving door. In his Monday announcement, Messina bragged about how the White House has enacted “sweeping” reforms to “close the revolving door between government and lobbyists.” In truth, the administration has widened the carousel and removed the brakes. The Obama-cheerleading Fishwrap of Record (The New York Times) itself identified at least 15 bundlers “involved in lobbying for Washington consulting shops or private companies.”

Moreover, “at least 68 of 350 Obama bundlers for the 2012 election or their spouses have served in the administration in some capacity; at least 250 of the bundlers visited the White House, and another 30 have ties to companies that conduct business with federal agencies or hope to do so in the future,” according to a recent iWatch News report.

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  • NotaBene

    What exactly are you complaining about, Mich? Too much money in politics?

    • PhillipGaley

      Is she pointing out that, there's "Too much money in politics?"? No, rather, how it's gathered: "“Bundling” is the rustling up of aggregate contributions from friends, business associates and employees, a practice to circumvent individual donation limits that Obama has long condemned. When he announced his presidential intentions in 2007, candidate Obama decried 'the cynics, the lobbyists, the special interests who’ve turned our government into a game only they can afford to play.' He indignantly singled out “the best bundlers” who get the “greatest access” to power."

  • Flowerknife_us

    When Obama speaks-expect the opposite. The track record gets longer with each passing day.

  • mrbean

    Dis Obama fool dun beez gone back tah Chithugo town in 2013. Yuse wood tink dat we larn fum anytimes dah negroes runs anyting it beez garantee tah beh screw up. Goot riddance.

    • Ghostwriter

      What are you,mrbean? A Klan member? Stop with the "Amos n' Andy" routine because it's not just old and stupid,but ancient and stupid.

  • dirtbag

    'White House has enacted “sweeping” reforms to “close the revolving door between government and lobbyists.' That's correct to one side, it only applies to Dem's opponents, not itself.

    In order to really close the loophole and let all candicates to play fair, no private donation should be allow, the government should allot a fixed amount to each candidate, then they can play a fair game and not be affected by private interests.

  • 080

    The super-pacs will have absol;utely no effect unless they can be broadcast as in George Orwell's 1984. You know. There are implanted radios that you can't furn off. Reading super-pacs is like reading commercials with remote control in your hand.

  • george a. way jr.

    you read articles like this and many others and wonder how much longer this country is going to last!!! , its sad very sad and the people who suffer for this behavior on both sides of the isle are the "peasants " sigh!!! "

  • Asher

    Obama's words aren't transparent, but his human emotions are….We see through you Mr. President!