Kennedy: Sure, the Obama WH has a quid pro quo system for donors

posted at 1:31 pm on April 15, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

The New York Times runs an exposé of sorts on the Obama White House and its empty promises of changing “business as usual” in Washington DC that is remarkable in a number of respects.  As Daniel Halper of The Weekly Standard writes, though, the most remarkable might be the remarkable honesty of former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), who offers us a Madge-Palmolive moment by not only admitting that the administration has a quid pro quo system, but also that he’s soaking in it:

Patrick J. Kennedy, the former representative from Rhode Island, who donated $35,800 to an Obama re-election fund last fall while seeking administration support for a nonprofit venture, said contributions were simply a part of “how this business works.”

“If you want to call it ‘quid pro quo,’ fine,” he said. “At the end of the day, I want to make sure I do my part.”

Mr. Kennedy visited the White House several times to win support for One Mind for Research, his initiative to help develop new treatments for brain disorders. While his family name and connections are clearly influential, he said, he knows White House officials are busy. And as a former chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, he said he was keenly aware of the political realities they face.

The NYT’s Mike McIntyre and Michael Luo report that the Obama White House insists that they don’t take lobbyist money and don’t grant access to lobbyists — at least not directly.  However, McIntyre and Luo describe how lobbyists do get into the White House.  Call it the Lobbyist Buddy System, as they partner with big-time donors to become plus-ones to the West Wing:

Although Mr. Obama has made a point of not accepting contributions from registered lobbyists, a review of campaign donations and White House visitor logs shows that special interests have had little trouble making themselves heard. Many of the president’s biggest donors, while not lobbyists, took lobbyists with them to the White House, while others performed essentially the same function on their visits.

More broadly, the review showed that those who donated the most to Mr. Obama and the Democratic Party since he started running for president were far more likely to visit the White House than others. Among donors who gave $30,000 or less, about 20 percent visited the White House, according to a New York Times analysis that matched names in the visitor logs with donor records. But among those who donated $100,000 or more, the figure rises to about 75 percent. Approximately two-thirds of the president’s top fund-raisers in the 2008 campaign visited the White House at least once, some of them numerous times.

The reasons someone might have gained access to the White House and made a donation are wide-ranging, and it is clear that in some cases the administration came down against the policies being sought by the visitors. But the regular appearance of big donors inside the White House underscores how political contributions continue to lubricate many of the interactions between officials and their guests, if for no other reason than that donors view the money as useful for getting a foot in the door.

One can argue that this isn’t all that much different than other Republican and Democratic administrations.  The article recalls the infamous Lincoln Bedroom “rentals” of the Clinton administration, for instance.  However, Clinton didn’t run for the office by demonizing lobbyists and wealthy donors and insisting that he would provide a New Purity to the Beltway, either.  In 2008, that was almost the entire message from Obama, who had no executive, military, or foreign-relations experience before running for the one position that requires expertise in all three areas.

I’m not certain that the Obama White House has been any less transparent about influence peddling, but it has certainly not been more transparent.  All we got was an inexperienced executive and a boatload of sanctimony and hypocrisy.


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Can’t wait for the article condemning the faux outrage about this.

SouthernGent on April 15, 2012 at 1:33 PM

I’m SHOCKED!

KOOLAID2 on April 15, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Chicago on the Potomac pay to play.

FLconservative on April 15, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Actually, the Clintons kind of did promise to bring in a new purity. Remember “the most ethical administration EVARRRR”?

S. Weasel on April 15, 2012 at 1:35 PM

One can argue that this isn’t all that much different than other Republican and Democratic administrations. The article recalls the infamous Lincoln Bedroom “rentals” of the Clinton administration, for instance. However, Clinton didn’t run for the office by demonizing lobbyists and wealthy donors and insisting that he would provide a New Purity to the Beltway, either.

I honestly only have a little problem with it, but yes it’s the deafening hypocrisy of the Obama admin. that irks me.

thebrokenrattle on April 15, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), who offers us a Madge-Palmolive moment

Heh, I wonder how many will get that ref. But Obama is “soaking” in the money, so it’s apropo.

whatcat on April 15, 2012 at 1:36 PM

It’s the only way to do business with JugEars!
We love him because he cares for us…he IS the messiah!=Progs

KOOLAID2 on April 15, 2012 at 1:36 PM

I thought it was interesting that they went all the way back to Nixon talking about $250k for an ambassadorship and then Clinton. I was expecting a Bush reference and was surprised that wasn’t brought into it.

As Rush says, is this a random act of journalism?

FLconservative on April 15, 2012 at 1:37 PM

“Quid pro quo” is the new euphemism for “bribery” and other acts fo official corruption?

Okey doke.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on April 15, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Can chicks at Democrat-held parties get some personal flotation devices in exchange for a ride home?

this for that?

ted c on April 15, 2012 at 1:41 PM

All we got was an inexperienced executive and a boatload of sanctimony and hypocrisy.

“Meet the new boss….same as the old boss!”

How many times do Americans have to fall for the same joke before we figure out that WE are the problem, and NOT them.

Lew on April 15, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Karma. It’s what’s for dinner.

First Rosen sticks her foot in her mouth, then Axelrod “endorses” Mitt today, and now “the runt of the litter of the runt of the litter” makes a gaffe (when a politician tells the truth, that’s a gaffe).

And these are only the Dems. The Secret Service hooker scandal on top of it.

Popcorn, I need more popcorn.

Wethal on April 15, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Ed. the analysis they’re doing here is a pseudo-correlation analysis. If we had two columns of data –one being “number of WH visits” and the next being “total $ given” one could run a real correlation analysis on this. You can also produce an XY scatterplot with it.

ted c on April 15, 2012 at 1:44 PM

So bribery is officially ok now? Wow. Well it worked for Solyndra and others. Zero pushed through their loan despite the fact everyone knew the company was going under.

dogsoldier on April 15, 2012 at 1:44 PM

And the perverse humor of the gods piles it on with the new Hillary (Clinton) dancing and boozing pictures in the Headlines.

Wethal on April 15, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Pay to play…

idesign on April 15, 2012 at 1:50 PM

So bribery is officially ok now? Wow. Well it worked for Solyndra and others.
dogsoldier on April 15, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Yeah, but it’s not as if Patrick is the first Kennedy to bribe his way the WH.

whatcat on April 15, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Kennedy = Good rich person

Romney = Evil rich person

That concludes today’s lesson.

fogw on April 15, 2012 at 1:50 PM

So Patches is taking a leaf from Joe Kennedy. Get yourself a “non-profit” organization to run, while collecting nearly 1/2 million in salary each year.

Nice work if you can get it. And what better way than soak the taxpayer.

GarandFan on April 15, 2012 at 1:52 PM

“Meet the new boss….same as the old boss!”

Lew on April 15, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Except that the new boss is not as competent as the old boss, and the new boss is a lot more corrupt too.

Hope and Change, baby!

AZCoyote on April 15, 2012 at 1:54 PM

BREAKING NEWS

Politicians cheat, lie and are involved in scandalous behavior.

Tidal Basin Bombshell

Monica and that blue dress

Jim Wright and his book deal

Newt and his serial adultery

Bob Livingston and his shenanigans

Gary Hart on the “Monkey Business”

Bill Clinton “better put some ice on it” to Jaunita Brodderick

Nancy Reagan and the astrologers

LBJ and his gals

JFK watching his assistant get done at poolside by JFKs’ young assistant

FDR and his gal that was with him in Warm Springs when he died

Harding and his escapades

Barney Frank, Larry Craig, Senator Ensign

Taft and the buffet line at Cracker Barrel

Okay I kind of made that last one up but you get the picture.

PappyD61 on April 15, 2012 at 1:58 PM

They don’t even try to hide it anymore. My Mom and Dad taught me not to hate but I hate these people. Sorry Mom and Dad.

VegasRick on April 15, 2012 at 1:59 PM

I’m not certain that the Obama White House has been any less transparent about influence peddling, but it has certainly not been more transparent.

Oh, I dunno. After a while, obviousness has a transparency all its own.

PersonFromPorlock on April 15, 2012 at 1:59 PM

Actually GranFan old Joe earned his money the old fashioned way, he bootlegged his way to prosperity.At least he made a product people wanted.

celtic warrior on April 15, 2012 at 2:06 PM

So with stories like this, who still believes ANY story coming out of the WH???

If you scratch it, it will ooze corruption.

Roy Rogers on April 15, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Quid Pro quo, Clarice….

But it is the Taxpayer’s livers that they are eating , with arugula and a nice Chianti.

LegendHasIt on April 15, 2012 at 2:06 PM

There has to be some kind of timer in a common area of Kennedy DNA that makes anyone born more goofy looking and stupider in successive generations or births.

slickwillie2001 on April 15, 2012 at 2:08 PM

“You’re Soaking In It”

Seven Percent Solution on April 15, 2012 at 2:10 PM

LegendHasIt on April 15, 2012 at 2:06 PM
The arugula is always a nice touch.

Rusty Allen on April 15, 2012 at 2:11 PM

There has to be some kind of timer in a common area of Kennedy DNA that makes anyone born more goofy looking and stupider in successive generations or births.

slickwillie2001 on April 15, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Alchohol poisoning. It’s what for breakfast in the kennedy homes.

VegasRick on April 15, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Rusty Allen on April 15, 2012 at 2:11 PM

I prefer fava beans myself, but Bammie likes the arugula.

LegendHasIt on April 15, 2012 at 2:14 PM

OT…except for Jon Jon…these Kennedy men are not getting any better looking…they have to cover it all up with hair?…is there a regressive ugly gene that has taken dominance?
Their soul is also, starting to reflect on their looks!

KOOLAID2 on April 15, 2012 at 2:14 PM

“A Madge-Palmolive moment”?

Seriously….how old do you have to be to get that reference..?
What next?
A joke about Hai Karate cologne?

NeoKong on April 15, 2012 at 2:15 PM

What next?
A joke about Hai Karate cologne?

NeoKong on April 15, 2012 at 2:15 PM

That’s just craxy talk…

/

Seven Percent Solution on April 15, 2012 at 2:19 PM

LegendHasIt on April 15, 2012 at 2:14 PM
I know, that’s why I said it.

Rusty Allen on April 15, 2012 at 2:19 PM

“Quid pro quo” is the new euphemism for “bribery” and other acts fo official corruption?

Okey doke.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on April 15, 2012 at 1:39 PM

For “prostitution” as well, a more apt term, I believe, for this administration. Sluts rule!

TXUS on April 15, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Nice work if you can get it. And what better way than soak the taxpayer.

GarandFan on April 15, 2012 at 1:52 PM

And the irony is that the dimmest bulb on the Kennedy family tree started a foundation to look into brain disorders.

Wethal on April 15, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Kennedy = Good rich person who inherited %100 of his wealth.

Romney = Evil rich person who made most of his wealth.

That concludes today’s lesson.

fogw on April 15, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Better

BigAlSouth on April 15, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Kennedy = Good rich person

Romney = Evil rich person

That concludes today’s lesson.

fogw on April 15, 2012 at 1:50 PM

…except… that Romney gave away his inheritance and earned his own!

KOOLAID2 on April 15, 2012 at 2:31 PM

BigAlSouth on April 15, 2012 at 2:31 PM

…I was looking over your shoulder!

KOOLAID2 on April 15, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Green Bundlers Unite. I hear they latest idea from green energy and energy independence is a hamster on a wheel….

Dr Evil on April 15, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Green Bundlers Unite. I hear they latest idea from green energy and energy independence is a hamster on a wheel….

Dr Evil on April 15, 2012 at 2:34 PM

…Barney Frank’s hamster getting abuse…again?

KOOLAID2 on April 15, 2012 at 2:37 PM

It’s okay, they’re Democrats. Nothing to see here. Move along.

jan3 on April 15, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Every single day this administrations sets a new high bar standard for corruption, hypocrisy and deceit whie the MSM straps on their knee pads for another round.

hillsoftx on April 15, 2012 at 2:41 PM

“A Madge-Palmolive moment”?

Seriously….how old do you have to be to get that reference..?
What next?
A joke about Hai Karate cologne?

NeoKong on April 15, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Go ahead. Say something about Ajax cleanser and I’ll scream “racist!”

TugboatPhil on April 15, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Use this sort of thing as part of an amalgam used to target younger voters — who were all agog last time about how O would be a new type of politician that would take corruption out of politics. Not!

anotherJoe on April 15, 2012 at 2:41 PM

…except… that Romney gave away his inheritance and earned his own!

KOOLAID2 on April 15, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Hey now! Baraka didn’t have the luxury of being able to earn money!!

TugboatPhil on April 15, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Hey! Lets.elect a.corruptocrat vhicago machine democrat to the highest office!..what could go wrong?

tom daschle concerned on April 15, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Go ahead. Say something about Ajax cleanser and I’ll scream “racist!”

TugboatPhil on April 15, 2012 at 2:41 PM

No but a Spic and Span joke in there somewhere.

RickB on April 15, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Go ahead. Say something about Ajax cleanser and I’ll scream “racist!”

TugboatPhil on April 15, 2012 at 2:41 PM

“Asta spicey meataballa” [Take 42] “Asta spicey meataballa” [Take 43] would never make it onto TV today, either.

Wethal on April 15, 2012 at 2:51 PM

That Obama-Kennedy photo, with this article, is suitable for Framing

..that’s quite the huge melon Kennedy is sporting these days..

reminds me of good ol’ Ted..

BigSven on April 15, 2012 at 2:52 PM

I freakin’ knew it…thanks a lot Dr Pepper

DHChron on April 15, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Say, what ever happened to that off-shore wind farm just out of eye-shot from the Kennedy mansion? Seems like it would have been a good opportunity for Obama administration green loans, tax breaks, financing quid pro quo.

STL_Vet on April 15, 2012 at 2:58 PM

It sounds like the despots and dictators – a bride, a bride, A BRIDE!

Bambi on April 15, 2012 at 3:02 PM

$35K to get back $3.5M. That’s a great rate of return.

Can we call it looting the treasury yet?

jukin3 on April 15, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Can we call it looting the treasury yet?

jukin3 on April 15, 2012 at 3:05 PM

careful, or you will be called racist.
*libthink

VegasRick on April 15, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Patrick Kennedy, in his usual drug stupor at 2:45 a.m., pulled down Barry’s pants and then excused himself, saying he was late for a vote in the Congress.

galtani on April 15, 2012 at 3:19 PM

With a Kennedy looking to fund research into brain disorders, one has to ask whether it’s to enhance such disorders.

EMD on April 15, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Kennedy = Good rich person

Romney = Evil rich person

That concludes today’s lesson.

fogw on April 15, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Would you rather Obama with your eggs easy over or Romney ala Benedict?

Hurry, the choices are limited.

timberline on April 15, 2012 at 3:31 PM

…except… that Romney gave away his inheritance and earned his own!

KOOLAID2 on April 15, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Hey now! Baraka didn’t have the luxury of being able to earn money!!

TugboatPhil on April 15, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Little Bammie did get a sizable inheritance from his bank vice-president granny when she left us. Bank of Hawaii stock as best I recall. Details in his tax returns.

slickwillie2001 on April 15, 2012 at 3:46 PM

C’mon, everybody, sing out!

“Patches, I’m dependin’ on you son…”

ya2daup on April 15, 2012 at 3:51 PM

In the photo, Kennedy is looking at Obama like Kennedy wants to have his baby.

What a repulsive clown.

HeatSeeker2011 on April 15, 2012 at 3:55 PM

I’m SHOCKED!

KOOLAID2 on April 15, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Shocked at Obama’s empty promises or the fact that the NYT did the exposé?

Perhaps both.

SparkPlug on April 15, 2012 at 4:05 PM

It’s must be nice being a kennedy – no matter what you say you ALWAYS have the perfect excuse – “I was drunk at the time.”

TeaPartyNation on April 15, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Isn’t Blago doing time for this very same thing?

Hypocrisy, thy name is MSM.

Thomas More on April 15, 2012 at 4:38 PM

“If you want to call it ‘quid pro quo,’ fine,” he said. “At the end of the day, I want to make sure I do my part.”
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Bundlers are people with friends in high places who, after bumping against personal contribution limits, turn to those friends, associates, and, well, anyone who’s willing to give, and deliver the checks to the candidate in one big “bundle.”

Together, 444 elites are directing at least $74,200,000 for Obama’s re-election efforts — money that has gone into the coffers of his campaign as well as the Democratic National Committee..

Top Industries of Obama Bundlers

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canopfor on March 12, 2012 at 8:36 AM

canopfor on April 15, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Top Bundlers are already Locked in for 2012 Employment!!

Lets ReVisit!!
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Remember,Bundlers form 2008,are already going to get employment in 2012!!
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27 Obama bundlers have already topped $500,000
Updated: 8:49 am, July 28, 2011
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More than 40 bundlers from 2008 who received government appointments after Obama’s election have returned as major fundraisers.

iWatch News reported in June how many bundlers from the 2008 campaign had jobs or commission spots from the administration. In total, 43 bundlers from 2008 later received government appointments and have returned as bundlers for 2012. Of those, five were listed as giving $500,000 or more so far in 2012. They are:

John Emerson, of Beverly Hills, who was appointed to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, raised at least $100,000 in 2008.
Michael Kempner, Cresskill, N.J., was named to the Council for Community Solutions. He bundled $100,000 for the 2008 campaign.
Kirk Rudy, of Austin, Texas, was appointed to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. He raised at least $200,000 for 2008.
Andy Spahn, a $50,000 bundler in 2008 who was appointed to the President’s Commission on Arts and Humanities, has raised more than $500,000 so far for 2012.
Jane Stetson, of Norwich, Vt., a $200,000 bundler in 2008, also has reached the $500,000 milestone for 2012. She is a chair of the Democratic National Committee and her husband was appointed to the board of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
More……….)

http://www.iwatchnews.org/2011/07/15/5241/27-obama-bundlers-have-already-topped-500000

canopfor on September 26, 2011 at 6:51 PM

canopfor on April 15, 2012 at 5:06 PM

BREAKING NEWS

Okay I kind of made that last one up but you get the picture.

PappyD61 on April 15, 2012 at 1:58 PM

PappyD61:Lol,and I love yur break’n news,haha!:)

canopfor on April 15, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Hey buddy, can you spare a dime?

Bmore on April 15, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Far-Right rag The Nation had a fascinating story Friday about the Hillary Rosen Fake Scandal. Turns out she’s been getting back-door lobbying privileges from the O’bama White House, which puts the Left’s claims that she’s “just a CNN talking head” out to pasture.

http://www.thenation.com/article/167388/real-hilary-rosen-scandal

Money shot:

Per a senior Dem: “Serious Dem operatives are aghast at Hilary Rosen’s misguided attack on Ann Romney’s work history. She and others at PR firm SKD Knickerbocker have represented many clients that have raised hackles with senior White House staff. It’s an open secret in the Dem consultant community that SKD has been signing up clients based on ‘perceived White House access’ tied to prior relationships and employment.”

And this:

Earlier this year, I asked Hilary Rosen’s partner, Anita Dunn: “You have a lot of access to the President, from advising his campaign to regular visits to the White House. Do you think its a little bit disingenuous that you’re simultaneously being paid by a lot of corporations to lobby against his reforms?” Dunn scoffed at my question, and replied that she works for “some corporations” because “people have a right to be heard.” But the evidence suggests Dunn isn’t just giving voice to these multinational corporations. She’s also peddling their interests in multiple meetings with White House officials, all without registering any of her employees as lobbyists.

We would like to know more about who is paying Dunn, especially since she has the president’s ear. However, like Newt Gingrich and Ed Gillespie, she exploits weaknesses in current lobbying registration law to avoid revealing her clients.

Del Dolemonte on April 15, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Go ahead. Say something about Ajax cleanser and I’ll scream “racist!”

TugboatPhil on April 15, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Heh!
“Use Ajax, the foaming cleanser/
Floats the dirt/
Right down the drain/
Buh buh buh buh buh buh boon!”

onlineanalyst on April 15, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Del, The Nation is a far-Left magazine, not too far away from some communist rags in its philosophy.

onlineanalyst on April 15, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Del, The Nation is a far-Left magazine, not too far away from some communist rags in its philosophy.

onlineanalyst on April 15, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Che Guevara’s favorite magazine; he called it el Nacion, of course.

slickwillie2001 on April 15, 2012 at 6:44 PM

You should see what sleazy Eric Holder charges for his famous wrassling referee with his back turned special over at Just-Us.

Unless you are a Black Panther… or the Ju$tice Brother$ then be sure and ask Holder for the special “brutha” look-the-other-way and stick-it-to-The-Man discounts.

viking01 on April 15, 2012 at 7:27 PM

I just want to say that this may be the ugliest Kennedy ever. How inbred do you have to be for everyone to look so similar?

Night Owl on April 15, 2012 at 9:18 PM

The Self-Control Costs of Moral Flexibility

“But if you have a commitment to honesty, and don’t weigh the pros and cons of each opportunity to lie for your own benefit, it’s not nearly as difficult to tell the truth.”

Published on August 3, 2009 by Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D. in The Science of Willpower.

Dear Leader is apparently working on ‘Yoga like’ flexibility for the post election period.

IlikedAUH2O on April 15, 2012 at 11:09 PM

el, The Nation is a far-Left magazine, not too far away from some communist rags in its philosophy.

onlineanalyst on April 15, 2012 at 6:00 PM

I’m sure it was a typo. The Nation, isn’t that the home of far-left trust fund commie-babe Kristina Vandensicle?

BigAlSouth on April 16, 2012 at 5:55 AM

I don’t ask that my president have expertise in those three areas, Ed, but I do expect them to recognize and respect it. Turdboy has done neither.

swinia sutki on April 16, 2012 at 5:57 AM

Actually, Clinton did claim he was going to bring a new purity to Washington. Remember, he was going to have “the most ethical administration in history.”

Jeff A on April 16, 2012 at 7:13 AM

PROSTITUTION = BUNDLER same, same.

Obama…… circle jerk king extraordinaire.

Kennedy…. any…… Genetic mutants, trust fund whores.

DNC = Don’t Know Crap

ActinUpinTexas on April 16, 2012 at 10:45 AM