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Remember our old friend and serial liar Stephanie Cutter?  She was Obama’s deputy campaign manager and liked to tell wild stories about Mitt Romney. StephanieCutter Cutter and the gang are still together and still working hard for the president.  It’s the same group.  They’ve changed their name to Organizing for Action, but they’re still using the same web site with the URL barackobama.com and still pushing the same Democrat party policies, causes and politicians.

They are now calling themselves a 501(c)(4) organization, even though IRS rules say such a group cannot advocate on behalf of candidates or political parties.  But hey, we’re all friends here, right?

OK, big deal, dirty politics in Washington.  So what else is new?  Well, the NY Times is reporting on certain “gifts” that will be given to donors to the organization.  These are not the usual tote bags or coffee mugs.  From the NYT article:

“But those contributions will also translate into access, according to donors courted by the president’s aides. Next month, Organizing for Action will hold a “founders summit” at a hotel near the White House, where donors paying $50,000 each will mingle with Mr. Obama’s former campaign manager, Jim Messina, and Mr. Carson, who previously led the White House Office of Public Engagement.       

Giving or raising $500,000 or more puts donors on a national advisory board for Mr. Obama’s group and the privilege of attending quarterly meetings with the president, along with other meetings at the White House. Moreover, the new cash demands on Mr. Obama’s top donors and bundlers come as many of them are angling for appointments to administration jobs or ambassadorships.       

“It just smells,” said Bob Edgar, the president of Common Cause, which advocates tighter regulation of campaign money. “The president is setting a very bad model setting up this organization.”

ObamaSpeechBack in 2007 when Sen. Barack Obama was running for president, he talked about “the cynics, and the lobbyists and the special interests who’ve turned our government into a game only they can afford to play.” He said, “They write the checks, and you get stuck with the bills. They get the access, while you get to write a letter. They think they own this government, but we’re here today to take it back.”

Fast forward to today and a half million dollars will buy you access to the President of The United States.

The rest of us?  Well, we can always write a letter.

-Kathy

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