MSNBC reporter presses White House on affiliation with group selling access to the President

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Yesterday, TheBlaze.com reported that Organizing for Action, a group “closely affiliated” with the White House, was offering donors access to the President in exchange for large donations upwards of $500k. The reaction to the group’s auctioning off of face-time with President Obama hasn’t been very positive, to say the least.

There’s a good reason for the negative reaction. The allegedly “independent” group is headed by Barack Obama’s former campaign manager, Jim Messina. If OFA sounded familiar, but you had never heard of “Organizing for Action”, it’s because the DNC’s community organizing project was “Organizing for America”. Organizing for America was transformed into Organizing for Action in January of this year.

“Closely affiliated” seems like a bit of an understatement.

Yesterday, in an unprecedented moment of journalism, White House Spokesman Jay Carney struggled to explain the administrations position on the issue.

Jay Carney: “There are a variety of rules governing interaction between administration officials and outside groups, and the administration officials follow those rules.  White House and administration officials will not be raising money for Organizing For Action and while they may appear at appropriate OFA events in their official capacities, they will not be raising money.”

“That’s exactly what they’re doing,” Glenn responded upon hearing the clip.

He compared face-time with the president to what Glenn does to raise money for charity by exclusive events for more expensive ticket packages.

“You can buy these tickets that are like $1200.  through Mercury One. They’re some of the same tickets are packaged like…you know, $5,000 or $10,000 or $25,000. Well, all of that money goes to charity, so I’m attending a special dinner and you have time with me,” Glenn explained. “If you did like $50,000 or whatever, you and I have time together — “face-time” — one-on-one time together. So that is exactly what they’re doing.”

Glenn went on to explain that he’s not just showing up to talk to people. He’s raising money, which is exactly what the President is doing for these groups. He’s using the White House and the presidency to help them raise money.

“It’s obscene,” Glenn said.

MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, oddly enough, was the reporter giving Carney such a hard time on the issue.

“Even MSNBC is becoming disgusted with these guys,” Glenn noted.

You can watch the full exchange here:

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Chicago politics at its finest: bribery, greed, corruption all for the purpose of political gain and cronyism across the board.

    Obama no longer cares if it is commented upon or not.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Hopefully the leftist MSM will turn in full upon Obama, the truth of all the criminal activities, including the selling of access to the President have to be stopped and the guilty jailed.

  • Anonymous

    anybody notice that it looked like carney was reading his answer? as if he knew what he question would be and had a prepared answer until he got grilled more.

  • Anonymous

    List the Presidential “visits” on eBay so that everyone has a “fair shot”. ;-)

  • http://youtu.be/R7MC2wu49Cw Sam Fisher

    What a bunch of hypocrites. You see Obamaunist he doesn’t care for the little people.

  • Anonymous

    List the Presidential visit on eBay to make sure everyone has a fair shot.  ;-)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BGC7U7QUFEWSSV3H4IFHLAFK54 mudslide

     ’Selling out’ is what this administration does best!

  • Anonymous

    Shades of Clinton, anyone? 

  • Anonymous

    This guy is going into prostituion, nothing else. Cant go much lower than that!

  • bobjr4freedom

    To make money for access to the President is like a politician steeling from  WE THE PEOPLE.Those in the White House need to be warned.The media needs to quit protecting
    them and go after them when they are wrong.

  • Draxx

    hmmm, Prostitutes Sell Access to their Themselves maybe that is why Presidents aren’t supposed to do that… Sell access to themselves for Money!!!

  • Anonymous

    How is this any different than Osama coming to LA once a month for six months before the elections for a holliparty? I can always tell when he was here…helicopters everywhere at a cost of ???? To the tax payer. This man is the most despicable person. We all know his handlers are responsible for this……but what can be said for all who are involved? There is a cancer growing in DC that has to be cut out and cauterized. It’s disgraceful and it’s made half of our citizen looks like AH.

    Did anyone hear what Kerry said today in another country? That Americans have the right to be stupid! Who was he talking about? Yes that’s right, those who voted for the king. Everyone in Washington is laughing; They had no idea it would be that easy.

  • Andre Heidt

    Oh my goodness!!!  Seriously, while I appreciate that MSM actually “grilled” Jay on what he was saying, it would have taken upwards of the first time that he repeated himself to say “You’re not answering the question–you’re just repeating the same “official statement,” without actually giving a response to what was asked.  Will or will not 500k get me an audience with the President?  And then I’d hammer him until I got an answer.  If he referred me to the organization, I would ask “The organization seems fairly confident.  I don’t need to ask them.  I need verification from the White House if it’s true.  It’s yes or no.  Is that so hard?  Either he is selling face time, or he is not.  Will 500k get me an audience?”  I hate when they just repeat themselves hoping the question will go away.  I want answers.  If they can do it, so can I–I’ll just repeat until I get an answer.

  • Cathy Hilde

    Ahahahaha…that was my first thought. He’s a hooker!

  • Anonymous

    Obama is getting all the money together before he totally tears our Country down.  Then after he leaves the White House he can be once again the community organizer and have the money to do it with, and at our expense never have to worry about anything every again – Financially!!!…

  • http://suzeraining.wordpress.com/ suz

    i find it reprehensible that todd is just waking up to this stuff.  he’ll go back to sleep post haste.  bho will stroke them, they’ll feel better and everything will go back to their normal.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Racheal-Haile-Fowler/1258895347 Racheal Haile Fowler

    I guess anything goes these days.

  • Anonymous

    What a stupid article. Like, Bush never did stuff like this….. or Reagan…. or Daddy Bush…. politics as usual.

  • Anonymous

    Hey Glenn Beck, how come you never complained about it before?

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A29142-2004May15.html

    Gee I wonder why? My guess: Beck was one of the “pioneer” or “ranger” donors to Bush, hell, he gave him millions of free political advertising on his show when he followed him slavishly in every election campaign and with his undying support of the Iraq War, so what’s the diff?

  • Anonymous

    Hey Glenn Beck, how come you never complained about it before?

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A29142-2004May15.html

    Gee I wonder why? My guess: Beck was one of the “pioneer” or “ranger” donors to Bush, hell, he gave him millions of free political advertising on his show when he followed him slavishly in every election campaign and with his undying support of the Iraq War, so what’s the diff?

    And here’s an embarassing fact from the Bush years that we never heard Beck complain about from the link:

    “”Of the 246 fundraisers identified by The Post as Pioneers in the 2000 campaign, 104 — or slightly more than 40 percent — ended up in a job or an appointment. A study by The Washington Post, partly using information compiled by Texans for Public Justice, which is planning to release a separate study of the Pioneers this week, found that 23 Pioneers were named as ambassadors and three were named to the Cabinet: Donald L. Evans at the Commerce Department, Elaine L. Chao at Labor and Tom Ridge at Homeland Security. At least 37 Pioneers were named to postelection transition teams, which helped place political appointees into key regulatory positions affecting industry.”"

    Guess it is only bad when a black man does it, huh, Glenn?

  • Anonymous

    Glenn having his network accessed on to all on cable is bad, but Osama prostituting himself is ok? This can can only happen because of the LSM and an ineffective congress.

  • Anonymous

    Funny, when Bush brought his entourage  to Texas for like, every other week when he was prez, none of you complained, but then again, he’s a white guy so we know how that works with you right wing nut jobs.

  • Anonymous

    Never heard any of you complain when Bush did it.

  • Anonymous

    Listen little minded person…where does GW live? Midland, Texas? Consider yourself informed, ok.

  • Anonymous

    “Selling of access” a crime, HHAHAHAHAHAAHAHHHHAAHHAHAHHA you are one dumb fuck! Here, man, they all do it and it’s perfectly legal:
    Hey Glenn Beck, how come you never complained about it before?

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/

    Gee I wonder why? My guess: Beck was one of the “pioneer” or “ranger” donors to Bush, hell, he gave him millions of free political advertising on his show when he followed him slavishly in every election campaign and with his undying support of the Iraq War, so what’s the diff?

  • Critten, “a morons POV”

    ” he gave him millions of free political advertising on his show when he followed him slavishly in every election campaign and with his undying support of the Iraq War, so what’s the diff?”
    Like ABC, NBC, MSNBC, ABC, CNN gave to “The Lame Duck Obama!”

  • Critten, “a morons POV”

    You have some proof, right?

  • Critten, “a morons POV”

    “This is immoral. It’s unethical. It’s illegal,” Blakeman said. He said that this is such a self-evident example of corruption that even left-leaning groups like Common Cause have come out against it. “It’s exactly what you would expect out of a Chicago, political hack machine,” Blakeman added.

  • Anonymous

    It’s like taking a cruise on a nasty ship were the captain is only good at going the wrong way.

  • Anonymous

    People who pay this amount of $ to shake hands with the president are sad sad people indeed.

  • Anonymous

    Its not bad to do if you are not lying about what you are doing. This white house lies about their lies. Can you not tell the difference?