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Chuck Todd on OFA Fundraising: ‘This Just Looks Bad’

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MSNBC’s Chuck Todd criticized Monday the new fundraising efforts of President Obama’s dark money group, Organizing for Action, calling a scheme for high donors to meet regularly with Obama “the definition of selling access.”

Todd was describing the quarterly meetings that will be enjoyed by OFA’s $500,000 donors, the New York Times reported over the weekend:

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.

“This just looks bad–it looks like the White House is selling access,” Todd said Monday. “It’s the definition of selling access. If you believe money has a strangle hold over the entire political system this is ceding the moral high ground.”

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» 10 Comments

  1. Maudie N Mandeville

    February 26th, 2013

    Chuck Todd- “Obama 2016!’

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  2. Stevo

    February 26th, 2013

    Selling access – To the 1%

    Yay, Occupy!

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  3. Jerry Manderin

    February 26th, 2013

    Even for Chuckles The Clown to admit this, each passing day it becomes harder and harder to defend this “former esteemed colleague of the Senate.”

    I even saw Donny Deutchbag on Queers Morgan last night (who, by the way, is getting physically smaller day by day) harshly criticizing Moose’s appearance at The Oscars. Thank Christ The King on whose shoulders the government rests I didn’t watch it. And I LOVE acting! And liberal Hollywood didn’t even play a factor in my decision. Back to the point Jerry.

    No doubt this little Kenyan Piss Ant is doing damage to the country. But I’ve always maintained that no one is going to come in and dismantle 200+ years of America in 8 years. We’ll find out just how genius our Founding Fathers were when they set this clock into motion. She’s taken heavy artillery but don’t worry she’ll hold together. You hear me baby? Hold together…

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  4. Jerry Manderin

    February 26th, 2013

    BRILLIANT point Stevo. I’m using that in my talking points.

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  5. thirdtwin

    February 26th, 2013

    Where is the money going? Obama has free security, lodging and transportation systems. And he has free media at the drop of a golf ball.

    My guess is the cash is ultimately going in Michelle’s Senatorial War Chest.

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  6. Stranded in Sonoma

    February 26th, 2013

    Why not sell nights in the Lincoln Bedroom and be done with it.

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  7. Unneutral

    February 26th, 2013

    Maybe collectively we can buy back our White House and put an American in there.

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  8. BWSEATTLE

    February 26th, 2013

    Is this what Maxine Watters was talking about a few weeks ago? Obama building a super powerful ‘database’ with info on everybody, yadda yadda? Mabe part of it.

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  9. MaryfromMarin

    February 26th, 2013

    Do they buy anything AT ALL out of their own pockets? He does get a salary, after all. They’re not volunteers.

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