Obama’s most recent fundraiser was at the private home of filmmaker Spike Lee, with invites going for $35,800 per plate. During both of Obama’s campaigns, we have heard a lot about his massive contributions from various bundlers, fundraisers who bring in anywhere from $50,000 to $500,000 from multiple contributors, and we are all aware of the claims of crony capitalism associated with the current administration.
Now, the Center for Public Integrity, a non-partisan group, has come out with some interesting facts regarding this very subject. According to their studies, 68 out of the 350 bundlers, or their spouses, have received appointments within the White House administration. In addition, 250 of those same 350 bundlers have been invited to various White House events, some to multiple events, and others who visit on a regular basis. That’s a pretty staggering number. There are also reports that 30 of the 2012 bundlers have ties to companies that either already work with federal agencies or hope to do so. Read the full story here…
So, is this the appropriate behavior from a president who promised to do away with the special interests in Washington? Who promised to change the politics in Washington? Who promised hope and change and a unified America? I think not. But it’s par for the course with this current president. Wasn’t he the one who talked about rewarding friends and punishing enemies? He clearly rewards his friends, such as the unions, who give approximately 90% of their political contributions to Democrats. A large percentage of the waivers from Obamacare have been given to unionized companies and other administration allies. He clearly punishes his enemies, like Right to Work states, such as South Carolina, with the Boeing contract, and Tennessee, with Gibson Guitars. His Justice Department also goes after states like Arizona and Alabama, for trying to enforce illegal immigration laws, laws that were written by these states, because the federal government is not getting the job done. These examples are just a drop in the bucket. This is consistent behavior by the current administration, the man who claims to have the most transparent administration in history.
Where is the public outrage? Where is the media? Ah yes, they’re too busy protecting the president, smearing the tea party, and speaking to ex-wives of Republican presidential candidates.