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June 15, 2011

Big bundlers to Obama 'Campaign 08' rewarded with jobs, commissions, stimulus money, government contracts, and more

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Even as Obama's campaign continues to disingenuously claim that it doesn't accept money from special interests, an iWatch News investigation of Obama "bundlers" who took jobs or advisory roles with the new administration proves such a claim is an outright lie: Obama rewards big bundlers with jobs, commissions, stimulus money, government contracts, and more (emphasis added):

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 LLC, delivered more than $500,000 in contributions for the Obama war chest, while two fellow senior 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, the new president named him ambassador to South Africa. Level 3 Communications, in which Gips retained stock, meanwhile received millions of dollars of government stimulus contracts for broadband projects in six states -- though Gips said he was "completely unaware" of the stimulus money.

More than two years after President 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.

[...] As a candidate, Obama spoke passionately about diminishing the clout of moneyed interests and making the White House more accessible to everyday Americans. In kicking off his presidential run on Feb. 10, 2007, he blasted "the cynics, the lobbyists, the special interests," who he said had "turned our government into a game only they can afford to play"

"They write the checks and you get stuck with the bill, they get the access while you get to write a letter, they think they own this government, but we're here today to take it back," he said.

Take the time to read it all.

What makes this so bad is that this is the complete opposite of what Barack Obama adamantly promised voters during his election campaign. And this is but one of many ethics and transparency-related promises Mr. "Hope and Change" has broken since he came into office (note that this link is an August 09 list).

Also, let's not forget that although he promised that he would have no lobbyists in his administration, during his first two weeks in office President Obama appointed seventeen lobbyists to high positions in his administration. He actually had to issue "waivers" to his own ethics policy to do this.

Posted by Hyscience at June 15, 2011 2:31 PM

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