Flash: Top 200 Obama donors get cushy government jobs, perks

Posted by: ST on June 15, 2011 at 5:33 pm

“Change” you can believe in (via Memeorandum):

Telecom executive Donald H. Gips raised a big bundle of cash to help finance his friend Barack Obama’s run for the presidency.

Gips, a vice president of Colorado-based Level 3 Communications, delivered more than $500,000 in contributions for the Obama war chest, while two other company executives collected at least $150,000 more.

After the election, Gips was put in charge of hiring in the Obama White House, helping to place loyalists and fundraisers in many key positions. Then, in mid-2009, Obama named him ambassador to South Africa. Meanwhile, Level 3 Communications, in which Gips retained stock, received millions of dollars of government stimulus contracts for broadband projects in six states — though Gips said he had been “completely unaware” that the company had received the contracts.

More than two years after Obama took office vowing to banish “special interests” from his administration, nearly 200 of his biggest donors have landed plum government jobs and advisory posts, won federal contracts worth millions of dollars for their business interests or attended numerous elite White House meetings and social events, an investigation by iWatch News has found.

These “bundlers” raised at least $50,000 — and sometimes more than $500,000 — in campaign donations for Obama’s campaign. Many of those in the “Class of 2008” are now being asked to bundle contributions for Obama’s reelection, an effort that could cost $1 billion.

As a candidate, Obama spoke passionately about diminishing the clout of moneyed interests. Kicking off his presidential run on Feb. 10, 2007, he blasted “the cynics, the lobbyists, the special interests,” who had “turned our government into a game only they can afford to play.”

“We’re here today to take it back,” he said.

Probably one of the biggest shams perpetrated by this President is the lie that he is not beholden to big donors, lobbyists, and other special interests, as I have documented numerous times – both when he was a candidate and since he was elected (see here and here for recent examples, and below for a more comprehensive list). Ed Morrissey says this is just another nail in the proverbial “change” coffin and should surprise very few at this point:

Presidents have long rewarded donors with diplomatic portfolios. However, they usually didn’t run on the promise to end the influence of big money in the Beltway to get into the position of playing along with business as usual. This will only surprise those who believed that a machine pol from Chicago who never bothered to challenge the status quo in the Windy City somehow had credibility as a reformer as a presidential candidate.

To add even more fuel to the fire, WH spoxdude Jay Carney slipped, slid, and spun all over the place yesterday when asked about a recent meeting between President Obama and Wall Street execs in the WH Blue Room:

White House press secretary Jay Carney is defending President Barack Obama’s decision to meet in the White House residence with top Wall Street donors who could be key fundraisers for his reelection bid.

The New York Times, which disclosed the session in a story in Monday editions, said the confab was organized by the Democratic National Committee. On the surface, the meeting sounds somewhat like controversial DNC-arranged coffees that President Bill Clinton held at the White House during the 1996 campaign.

“What needs to be made clear is, contrary to suggestions otherwise, this was not a fundraiser. And the fact that a president meets with his supporters in the business arena to solicit ideas about how to improve the economy is surely a dog-bites-man story,” Carney told reporters during a gaggle aboard Air Force One on Tuesday. “It’s something that presidents of both parties have always done. So, I don’t know what else to say about it.”

The question put to Carney was not about the propriety of the meeting but about why it didn’t appear on Obama’s public schedule despite pledges to be transparent about his daily agenda. The press secretary shed little light on that discrepancy.

The only shocking thing about story is the fact that it was the liberal New York Times that reported it.  You know things are getting bad for this administration when even their most faithful news outlets start questioning just what the heck is going on.  Glad to see them doing so.  Hopefully, the eventual GOP nominee will hold our celebrity President’s feet to the fire on this as well as just one more of the phony pledges made by candidate Obama.


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8 Responses to “Flash: Top 200 Obama donors get cushy government jobs, perks”


  1. PE says:

    The road to Zimbabwe is paved with Obama’s intentions.

  2. bob jones says:

    I don’t think this president has done one thing while in office that was either legal or constitutional. But unfortunately most of the media only report on Weinergate, balloon boy, Michael Jackson or some other inconsequential nonsense, anything to distract from the real problems. A criminally negligent media for the most part, I think most of them are so dishonest and ignorant that they don’t even understand how really disgraceful they are.

  3. Drew the Infidel says:

    This may be a political tradition but it is worth pointing out that BO has awarded more supporters with political appointments, governement jobs, or other perks in two years than “W” did in eight. All this is laid out in Michelle Malkin’s “Culture of Corruption.”

  4. Brontefan says:

    OMG, you are so right, PE. We are heading in a terrible direction. At least Wasserman-Shultz has it right: Obama owns this economy!

  5. Kate says:

    Ethics are for other people…not democrats and especially not for Obama.

  6. Carlos says:

    Actually, PE and Brontefan, I was thinking more along the lines of Somalia, where every town would have its own little Islamic fiefdom. The people of this country are still too independent to be ruled by an iron hand from a central government, but the fiefdom concept would give them a sense of “independence” while still looking to the government (albeit local) to supply their every need and allowing them to become violent to get it.

    And as far as being owned by donors, Duh-1 is soon going to realize the true meaning of “being wagged by the tail.”

    Business as usual.

    Pigs. And vipers.

  7. your mama says:

    Who was it again that said: “I will have the most transparent, honest Adm evah”?
    Obama-it’s okay for me but not for thee mentality strikes again.

  8. captaingrumpy says:

    Obama is NOT the president.He just happened to be picked as the stage prop for Soros and the “one world” party.This has been known for years and the decisions he makes are those of a committee behind the scenes.The Gov is one big ponzi scheme that will soon fall for lack of payola for the bottom line.