When Obama isn’t using our taxpayer money and his big fat carbon footprint to campaign throughout the country, particularly swing states, he is pretending he has strong foreign credentials and telling President Medvedev that he will be able to do more after his election.
Most annoyingly, he is spending inordinate amounts of money to host his super donors at the White House, somewhat of a defilement and an enormous vote buying effort. Most of all, it’s an unprecedented display of hypocrisy.
It wouldn’t be so bad if he hadn’t railed against the practice in 2008.
Yahoo News:…More than 60 of Obama’s biggest campaign donors have visited the White House more than once for meetings with top advisers, holiday parties or state dinners, a review by The Associated Press has found.
The invitations to visit 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, which are a legal and established practice from incumbent presidents, came despite Obama’s past criticisms of Washington’s pay-for-access privileges and mark a reversal from early in the president’s term when donors complained that Obama was keeping them at arm’s length…
Obama is really against it (he says) but he is enjoying every minute with his hand out and his glass raised so maybe he is just unprincipled as opposed to hypocritical – tough call.
CNS NEWS:…Days before the campaign’s announcement on the super PACs, Obama bemoaned the influence of big money in presidential campaigns in a weekend interview with NBC News, saying the Supreme Court’s decision had made outside money an unavoidable part of the political process. “It is very hard to be able to get your message out without having some resources,” Obama said.
Obama’s campaign has voluntarily released the names of its top donors and criticized Republicans for not doing the same. As it did in 2008, the Obama campaign has said it wouldn’t take money from registered federal lobbyists, but there are other ways for power-players to influence Washington.
A recent Associated Press review found major donors to super PACs — supporting both Obama and Romney — have business at stake before the federal government. They include executives at energy companies trying to strip climate change rules, and a prominent hospital’s director who pushed for Army research and Medicaid changes.
Obama’s campaign and its supporters at Priorities USA Action and the Democratic National Committee already have outspent their Republican counterparts by nearly 2 to 1, records show. Financial reports as of late 2011 show groups supporting Obama’s re-election effort garnered at least $252 million in contributions, leaving about $95.9 million cash on hand.