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White House: No price tag for Obama access:

Weeks after top Obama allies announced plans to convert his victorious re-election campaign into an unprecedented nonprofit, questions remain about how the group, dubbed Organizing for Action, will interact with the White House. Chief among them is what benefits will be offered to those who shell out hefty sums to help bolster Obama's legislative priorities.

Asked Monday whether there was a price tag to see the president, White House press secretary Jay Carney said emphatically that there was not. But he wouldn't directly address reports that donors who give or raise $500,000 will be invited to quarterly meetings with Obama.

"Administration officials routinely interact with outside advocacy organizations," Carney said. "This has been true in prior administrations and it is true in this one."

Organizers of the nonprofit group have outlined plans to raise tens of millions of dollars for the organization, according to someone who has been briefed on the plans. The group has reached out to 50 top Obama donors who intend to raise at least $500,000 this year, he said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to describe the group's plans publicly.

The donors, many of whom served on the Obama campaign's National Finance Committee, are expecting they'll receive benefits similar to what they received in the campaign, he said. Those benefits included briefings from top White House officials, campaign operatives and access to Obama. But an explicit menu of benefits available to those who raise specific amounts has not been offered.

Nudge nudge wink wink.

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Submitted by tom allen on

Those poor, gullible donors. I'm guessing they simply responded to one of those e-mails that said, "Contribute $500,000 and get a chance to have dinner with me and Michelle. One lucky couple will be briefed on next Tuesday's Kill List!"

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Submitted by Rainbow Girl on

... other than to fundraise for itself. I find that weird. It sounds like a self-licking ice cream cone of some sort. But really, not a word about what this outfit plans to do once they've raised their Kajillionty dollars. What is up with that?

Submitted by lambert on

"Slush fund."

Also a way of keeping Obama's operatives paid between elections.

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Submitted by Rainbow Girl on

That makes sense. But can they cop to that officially? Or do they have a "cover" agenda. So if it's a slush fund then its basically 100% time spent fundraising, pay operatives between operations, keep a few loyal Deluded Obots in money and health benefits until the next gig ... sort of like a union hall? Ha ha.

Submitted by lambert on

Incidentally, we don't know who gave to the Inaugural Committee, which was privatelyl funded. I think we have to wait 'til April for that one.

The most transparent administration in history!

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Submitted by Rainbow Girl on

Good one about the Inaugural. But if this Slush-Profit outfit did give to it, it was probably under a previous name (and name change won't be mentioned in disclosures!).

Another idea -- this could be one of probably many vehicles through which Obama's golfing buddies from his last junket might make their "donations to charity"

It really is just municipal machine politics at the national level -- no difference at all.

Submitted by lambert on

Yep. A right wing trope ("Chicago!!!") which alas has the merit of being true.

Adding, having been re-elected, they've got a firm grip now, so they're really going to settle in for the looting. The corruption should start to get pretty open soon.

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Submitted by Rainbow Girl on

I wish I had any laugh in me left today, or I'd say "pass the X-Large popcorn." But I don't. :(

"Really going to settle in for the looting" is a good one. It's as though at the magic stroke of midnight, sleeves will be rolled up, someone will fire a pistol 3 times and wham, the looting pigs take off for the All In the Open -- advanced phase -- of the hunger games.

We better all have our eyes, pens and cameras ready, because making a record matters. :)
:( :(

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Submitted by Rainbow Girl on

Aren't the Rs exactly the same -- I mean they have their own machines locally and nationally, so what gives with "Chicago"? How about "Dallas"?

They're all a** h***s. (You didn't post your daily "Have I mentioned lately what an a****** Obama is" yet!)

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Submitted by Rainbow Girl on

"... having been re-elected they have a firm grip ..." to loot openly, which Adam Davidson told them is basically what "mandate" means!

Ha ha!

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Submitted by Cujo359 on

Also a way of keeping Obama's operatives paid between elections.

Yes, I suppose they can't all work for MSNBC, now can they?

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Submitted by Rainbow Girl on

I'm willing to bet the competition for sliding into one of those slots is vicious -- too bad VH1 won't do a reality show about that -- it would be sweet to watch the lackeys go at each other's throats like a bunch of ill bred, nasty 10th graders.

Submitted by cg.eye on

and if they want to keep the Big Data they've developed current in between elections, they'll have to feed that beast daily, from address updates to poll data to results from focus groups. If Obama doesn't want to be stowed away as an embarrassment, as W has been, he needs to have something to sell for 2014 and 2016 -- and access to the most detailed Democratic voter database system would keep him in the game, even if it comes to being at risk for prosecution himself.

Also, know the flipside of Big Data is blackmail -- we don't know exactly what other data's being collected, who sees it, and what will be done with it. The only way that much power will be maintained -- and, possibly shared with corporate friends -- is to work on it incessantly -- and that takes cash.

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