Obama Bundlers Gone Wild

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Several first-time 2012 bundlers already have snagged administration posts:

— Norma Lee Funger, of Potomac, Md., who raised between $50,000 and $100,000 for Obama, was appointed last month to the board of trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

— Glenn S. Gerstell, of Washington, D.C., who bundled the same amount, was appointed to the National Infrastructure Advisory Commission last fall.

— Richard Binder, of Bethesda, Md., another $50,000 to $100,000 bundler, was appointed to the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health last spring.

And note: The most transparent administration ever still refuses to disclose recusal orders involving the nearly 100 lobbyists and ex-lobbyists on its payroll.

— Super PAC super-hypocrisy. “Super PACs” are federal political action committees that only make independent expenditures in support of, or in opposition to, candidates. Their birth and growth were fueled indirectly by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission (FEC) ruling in 2010. The decision overturned severe campaign finance restrictions that essentially criminalized certain forms of political speech. As Chief Justice John Roberts put it during oral arguments: “We don’t put our First Amendment rights in the hands of FEC bureaucrats.”

Until this week, the Obama administration vehemently condemned the Citizens United decision and vowed to eschew super PACs. The entities are a “threat to our democracy,” Obama railed two years ago. The ruling would “open the floodgates for special interests,” he warned. And last July, Obama campaign press secretary Ben LaBolt kept talking the anti-super PAC talk. “Neither the president nor his campaign staff or aides will fundraise for super PACs,” he asserted. Now? President Obama and his wife won’t fundraise for the democracy-undermining super PACs. But countless other Cabinet members and advisers, partying with Obama bundlers gone wild, will.

In 2008, Obama lambasted rival Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards for criticizing independent expenditures while raking in big PAC bucks: “So you can’t say yesterday you don’t believe in them, and today you have three quarters of a million dollars being spent on you. You can’t just talk the talk.”

Obama 2012 campaign motto: Empty talk? Yes, we can!

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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!