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Corporate Cash Financing Obama 501c4

Only in its first week of operation, the Obama campaign 501(c)4 is soliciting financing from major corporations like Lockheed Martin, Citi, and Duke Energy,Politico reports.

President Obama’s reelection campaign formally announced its rebirth as “Organizing for Action,” a tax-exempt 501(c)4 on Sunday. With that designation, the group is able to accept unlimited donations and is not required to disclose the identities of those donors, though OFA says they will do so.

The early indication, Politico’s Ken Vogel reports, is those donors will have a distinctly corporate flavor.

According to Vogel, at a private corporate-sponsored event, OFA leadership outlined the prominent role major campaign donors and corporate attendees would play in the organization:

Dubbed the “Road Ahead” meeting, the conference was sponsored by a White House-allied trade association called Business Forward, which is funded by major corporationsincluding Microsoft, Walmart and PG&E – each of which sent senior executives to participate in a panel on how to boost American economic competitiveness.

Jim Messina, Obama’s 2012 campaign manager and the Organizing for Action national chairman, and OfA Director Jon Carson, pleaded with invited big donors to support the new group. “We need you. This president needs you,” Messina said, adding Organizing for Action was “building a national advisory board filled with people in this room.”

Carson told the donors, who were treated to cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres after the day’s sessions, “there’s going to be a place for each and every one of you.”

Business Forward garnered national attention during the fiscal cliff negotiations for its incredible access to the White House; the trade association boasts that it has organized hundreds of meetings between corporate groups and White House officials. The meetings fall outside lobbying rules, but the Business Forward members pay dues to the organization.

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  1. I'm already depressed

    January 25th, 2013

    He is never going to leave office is he?

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  2. thirdtwin

    January 25th, 2013

    Duke Energy bankrolled the Dem convention,IIRC.

    Goddam Fascist crony corporations pay to play, And Barky blithely goes on decimating small businesses.

    I guess it is time to dust off the Howdy Messina gallery.

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  3. F.D.R. in Hell

    January 25th, 2013

    Wait, the Devil’s lapdog Schwartz György isn’t mentioned. Or, is he a ‘silent partner’?
    :evil:

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  4. Tony R

    January 25th, 2013

    The shakedown continues. Typical Chicago protection racket.

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  5. thirdtwin

    January 25th, 2013

    FDR IN Hell, I think Soros’ current pet is the Secretary of State Project, wherein he tries to insert his flaccid, fascist, financial phallus into the Secretary of State offices of certain key states. He is indeed the silent puppetmaster of Howdy Messina. You might say he is the log in Messina. That is a lame 70′s reference which I don’t expect a guy who died in the 40′s to get.

    Just wondering…do you still have polio in Hell? Never mind…that is a stupid question. I imagine Hell has some warm springs, though.

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  6. F.D.R. in Hell

    January 25th, 2013

    Actually, I didn’t have polio, but there was no name for Guillain Barre Syndrome, which had many of the same symptoms.

    No, down here I only use the chair when I need sympathy. Like when I’m losing at poker with Hoffa, Teddy, and Capone.

    Sadly, here on the 8th Circle – Bolgia 5, there are only Hot Tar Pits. The warm springs are in Purgatory, to give newcomers a false sense of security. :evil:

    Thanks for asking.

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  7. KF

    January 25th, 2013

    @FDR in hell, are you ever going to use your twitter account? Or does the boss have something against Twitter?

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  8. KF

    January 26th, 2013

     
  9. Bad Brad

    January 26th, 2013

    PG&E. Damn they suck. M o n o p o l y. We have the Public Utility Commission in Cali. They regulate price increases. You know who the member are. PG&E executives. Almost funny.

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  10. Eleanor in Hell

    January 26th, 2013

    @ KF

    I’m his only Follower and he doesn’t have the balls to Tweet any more.
    I caught him tweeting Mae West on her twitter, but they weren’t on the Internet.

    :eek:

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  11. Edith McCrotch

    January 26th, 2013

    log in Messina….heh heh.

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  12. Racist

    January 26th, 2013

    What’s telling and most ironic is that he dropped America from the name of the group thats supposed to represent America…

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  13. Chieftain

    January 26th, 2013

    Remember all those howls of outrage from the left about “corporate personhood” ?? How corporations should not be allowed to give money to (Conservative/Republican) political campaigns??

    These people have clearly demonstrated they will say and do anything, including flagrant violations of the Constitution, in order to further their many agendas. No reason to think this isn’t yet another cover for illegal activity, and we’ll find out about it all somewhere down the road.

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