WaPo: Plouffe took $100,000 from firm doing business in Iran

posted at 9:21 am on August 6, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

What does David Plouffe do when he’s not helping Barack Obama campaign for a second term or providing political advice to the West Wing?  Like many other people in politics, he gets income from the speaking circuit.  One particular payday may be a big problem for his regular boss in the Oval Office, reports the Washington Post — a six-figure sum for speaking at a company doing business with Iran:

David Plouffe, a senior White House adviser who was President Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, accepted a $100,000 speaking fee in 2010 from an affiliate of a company doing business with Iran’s government.

A subsidiary of MTN Group, a South Africa-based telecommunications company, paid Plouffe for two speeches he made in Nigeria in December 2010, about a month before he joined the White House staff.

Since Plouffe’s speeches, MTN Group has come under intensified scrutiny from U.S. authorities because of its activities in Iran and Syria, which are under international sanctions intended to limit the countries’ access to sensitive technology. At the time of Plouffe’s speeches, MTN had been in a widely reported partnership for five years with a state-owned Iranian telecommunications firm.

Five years earlier, MTN partnered with Irancell, a state-owned telecom that wanted to expand its operations.  One year later, the Bush administration’s “point man on Iran sanction enforcement” told the government of Turkey that Irancell was wholly owned by the Revolutionary Guard.  One year before Plouffe’s big payday, the IRG stormed the streets and strangled the Green Revolution before it could overthrow the mullahcracy — which eventually led the Obama administration to belatedly react by increasing sanctions on Iran and especially the IRG.

In other words, Plouffe took the gig long after the US government knew about MTN’s partnership with Irancell, years after the US had determined that Irancell was owned by the same military that props up the mullahs and is working on nuclear weapons, and after its brutal crackdown.  The WaPo notes that there is nothing illegal about accepting speaking fees from MTN, but taking money from a company that’s partnering with the IRG certainly prompts some hard questions about judgment by Plouffe, and in the White House itself.

Obama promised Iran an “open hand” when he ran for office in 2008.  If nothing else, Plouffe’s payday gives an interesting new twist to that campaign promise.

Update: For some reason, although the article said David Plouffe, I read it as David Axelrod.  My apologies to Mr. Axelrod and readers; I’ve corrected it in the post.


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Axlerod you magnificent bastard. You own space in Captain Ed’s head I read your book!

oldroy on August 6, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Fixed the quote for ya.
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Karl Magnus on August 6, 2012 at 10:44 AM

I heard from a VERY reliable source that Harry Reid and David Axelrod used their positions and also received money for setting up this deal with David Plouffe.

The word is out, and unless Harry Reid and David Axelrod release the last 20 years of their tax returns immediately, we know they have both committed felonies!

Several people have confirmed this is true, btw.

KMC1 on August 6, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Again for the severally brain damaged… You fallacious assertions that Romney is a RINO not withstanding. The fact that you thought Herr Doktor had a chance shows that level of insipid stupidity trapped within your reasoning process, which automatically renders your assertions, considerably less than valid.

SWalker on August 6, 2012 at 10:23 AM

There is nothing fallacious about asserting Romney is a RINO. You can try to distract and evade all you wish with slant smears, namecalling and profanity, (which is all you have), but that doesn’t change facts.

You have no room to complain about RINOs, while intending to vote for Romney.

Dante on August 6, 2012 at 11:07 AM

There is nothing fallacious about asserting Romney is a RINO. You can try to distract and evade all you wish with slant smears, namecalling and profanity, (which is all you have), but that doesn’t change facts.

You have no room to complain about RINOs, while intending to vote for Romney.

Dante on August 6, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Then we can apply the same standard to Ron Paul – RINO?

Chip on August 6, 2012 at 11:12 AM

SWalker on August 6, 2012 at 10:23 AM

There is nothing fallacious about asserting Romney is a RINO. You can try to distract and evade all you wish with slant smears, namecalling and profanity, (which is all you have), but that doesn’t change facts.

You have no room to complain about RINOs, while intending to vote for Romney.

Dante on August 6, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Of course it’s fallacious you lying douche bag. Romney may not be the most Conservative of Republicans, but he is far from being a RINO. You on the other hand are still a lying douche bag supporter of a White Supremest anti-Semitic Racist bat $hit insane lunatic. That fact that you supported him at all goes miles beyond impeaching your capacity for rational judgement and proves your Neo-Nazi White Supremest leanings. Which of course is the actual root of your opposition to Mitt Romney, rather than you outright false claims that he is a RINO.

SWalker on August 6, 2012 at 11:14 AM

SWalker on August 6, 2012 at 11:14 AM

While understand your passion on the subject matter it does not help to get down to the gutter level of National Socialist Left.

Those who effectively support the continued Downgrading of the country can pretend all they want to be ‘for’ an alternative to the two candidates, we know the true reality of the situation.

Chip on August 6, 2012 at 11:24 AM

You have no room to complain about RINOs, while intending to vote for Romney.

Dante on August 6, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Thank you for stating the ugly truth.
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Karl Magnus on August 6, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Dante on August 6, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Can we apply the same standards to the labeling of Ron Paul as a RINO?

Chip on August 6, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Of course it’s fallacious you lying douche bag. Romney may not be the most Conservative of Republicans, but he is far from being a RINO. You on the other hand are still a lying douche bag supporter of a White Supremest anti-Semitic Racist bat $hit insane lunatic. That fact that you supported him at all goes miles beyond impeaching your capacity for rational judgement and proves your Neo-Nazi White Supremest leanings. Which of course is the actual root of your opposition to Mitt Romney, rather than you outright false claims that he is a RINO.

SWalker on August 6, 2012 at 11:14 AM

There is nothing fallacious about asserting Romney is a RINO. You can try to distract and evade all you wish with slant and libelous smears, namecalling and profanity, (which is all you have), but that doesn’t change facts.

You have no room to complain about RINOs, while intending to vote for Romney.

Dante on August 6, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Dante on August 6, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Can we apply the same standards to the labeling of Ron Paul as a RINO?

Chip on August 6, 2012 at 11:35 AM

There is nothing fallacious about asserting Romney is a RINO. You can try to distract and evade all you wish with slant and libelous smears, namecalling and profanity, (which is all you have), but that doesn’t change facts.

You have no room to complain about RINOs, while intending to vote for Romney.

Dante on August 6, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Of course it’s fallacious, what’s more, it’s coming from a White Supremest anti-Semitic imbecile who genuinely believed Ron Paul would get the Republican nomination. You backed Ron Paul (and honestly thought he would win), all the evidence anyone needs to see that you couldn’t tell a Rino from a Hippo.

SWalker on August 6, 2012 at 11:36 AM

SWalker on August 6, 2012 at 11:36 AM

RINO Ron Paul was never a serious contender for the nomination – most people knew that except for a deluded few.

He would have undergone intensive scrutiny if he had been.

Chip on August 6, 2012 at 11:42 AM

SWalker on August 6, 2012 at 11:36 AM

RINO Ron Paul was never a serious contender for the nomination – most people knew that except for a deluded few.

He would have undergone intensive scrutiny if he had been.

Chip on August 6, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Not to mention that Ron Paul was the king of all Pork. A complete two faced liar who filled bills with pork for his own district knowing that the bills would pass and then voted against them so he could pretend he was against pork.

SWalker on August 6, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Of course it’s fallacious you lying douche bag. Romney may not be the most Conservative of Republicans, but he is far from being a RINO. You on the other hand are still a lying douche bag supporter of a White Supremest anti-Semitic Racist bat $hit insane lunatic. That fact that you supported him at all goes miles beyond impeaching your capacity for rational judgement and proves your Neo-Nazi White Supremest leanings. Which of course is the actual root of your opposition to Mitt Romney, rather than you outright false claims that he is a RINO.

SWalker on August 6, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Wow.

Scriptor on August 6, 2012 at 11:51 AM

That being said, is anyone truly surprised that Democrats will take money from anyone, at any time, anywhere? Fox News has evidently discovered this morning that they have been systematically draining the Social Security “Trust Fund” (*cough, cough*) for decades in order to pay for “worthwhile” projects to buy your votes with. Of course, we have been screaming about this for the last 3 decades, and getting blank stares in return. I guess the Boomers and the Xers have finally decided to face up to retirement?

Scriptor on August 6, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Swiss bank accounts or Iranian military? How about Plouffe’s tax returns.

Tater Salad on August 6, 2012 at 12:00 PM

another tree that will fall quietly in the woods, and the sound is tone deafening-

Ocommies to prong campaign attack strategy…….

SQUIRRELS AND CRICKETS

FlaMurph on August 6, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Not to mention that Ron Paul was the king of all Pork. A complete two faced liar who filled bills with pork for his own district knowing that the bills would pass and then voted against them so he could pretend he was against pork.

SWalker on August 6, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Maybe this is why you support RINOs: you don’t understand the role of Congress and in your ignorance, you fall for demagoguery. Our tax dollars are seized by the government. Our representatives’ duty is to get that money returned to their constituents. As representative, Paul puts in their requests, and tells them he’ll be voting against it since he thinks the buget is too big. The money is appropriated in a separate bill – it is already going to be spent. Every single dollar should be earmarked, which is what you call pork, so that we should know where the money is going. Otherwise, some faceless bureaucrat of the executive branch will spend it without our knowing where or how. This isn’t esoteric, complicated stuff, but you’d have to be willing to fight through the demagoguery and educate yourself.

Dante on August 6, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Dante on August 6, 2012 at 12:21 PM

So why can’t we label Ron Paul as a RINO?

Chip on August 6, 2012 at 12:30 PM

SWalker on August 6, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Maybe this is why you support RINOs: you don’t understand the role of Congress and in your ignorance, you fall for demagoguery. Our tax dollars are seized by the government. Our representatives’ duty is to get that money returned to their constituents. As representative, Paul puts in their requests, and tells them he’ll be voting against it since he thinks the buget is too big. The money is appropriated in a separate bill – it is already going to be spent. Every single dollar should be earmarked, which is what you call pork, so that we should know where the money is going. Otherwise, some faceless bureaucrat of the executive branch will spend it without our knowing where or how. This isn’t esoteric, complicated stuff, but you’d have to be willing to fight through the demagoguery and educate yourself.

Dante on August 6, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Well, we already knew you were a liar and dumber than a pail of pig snot, but thanks for proving it. Ron Paul wasn’t repatriating his constitutes tax monies, he was buying votes in his district from imbeciles like you. Ron Paul is ten times the RINO you falsely assert Romney is and a lying douche bag of a hypocrite, which is undoubtedly why you love him so much, well that and you’re both White Supremest anti-Semitic lunatics.

SWalker on August 6, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Just FYI,
“Dante”=Paulistinian Moby

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on August 6, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Just FYI,
“Dante”=Paulistinian Moby

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on August 6, 2012 at 12:46 PM

We know, that’s why were taking turns poking him in the eye with a sharp stick.

SWalker on August 6, 2012 at 12:49 PM

“You have to TAKE the illegal dirty blood money, before you can find out who it came from”
Nanzi

Strike Hornet on August 6, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Gotta love Special Ed!

Masih ad-Dajjal on August 6, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Every single dollar should be earmarked, which is what you call pork, so that we should know where the money is going. Otherwise, some faceless bureaucrat of the executive branch will spend it without our knowing where or how.

Dante on August 6, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Are you dumb? Taking money and then spending it (earmarked or not) IS more government. Your excuses for government spending are pathetic. Just take less from citizens, don’t run it through the bureaucratic system to “give it back”.

Masih ad-Dajjal on August 6, 2012 at 12:56 PM

“You have to TAKE the illegal dirty blood money, before you can find out who it came from”
Nanzi

Strike Hornet on August 6, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Ron Paul loves his StormFront contribution…

SWalker on August 6, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Are you dumb? Taking money and then spending it (earmarked or not) IS more government. Your excuses for government spending are pathetic. Just take less from citizens, don’t run it through the bureaucratic system to “give it back”.

Masih ad-Dajjal on August 6, 2012 at 12:56 PM

No, are you? I’m not excusing government spending. I’d like to see it reduced, and so would Paul. But you do know that appropriations bills are different than allocation bills, right?

Dante on August 6, 2012 at 2:24 PM

WaPo: Plouffe took $100,000 from firm doing business in Iran
…and now we know why OBOZO’s weak, meaningless “sanctions” against Iran are such a joke (except to Israel.)

TeaPartyNation on August 6, 2012 at 2:33 PM

mullahcracy – that was the key of the article. play on words playa!

John Kettlewell on August 6, 2012 at 10:03 PM

1) “Valerie Jarrett” was born in Iran and many reliable sources say that she got Obama to veto the Osama Bin Laden raid THREE TIMES before Panetta went behind her back and Obama’s back and quietly mutinied, ordering the raid the fourth time on his own hook. She also crushed any proposal by the Obama Regime to reach out and support the iranian “Green Revolution” in 2009, the Iranian people’s brave protest against the corrupt Islamo-fascist Mullahcracy installed by Ayatollah Khomeini (may pig filth be upon his name)

2) The Plouffter came cheap, bribed by the Iranian Gummint for only $100,000.

3) sin-laden Obama himself has said he is a Muslim (ABC interview) and there is no greater sound than the muezzin’s call (to Muslim’s to face Mecca and pray to Satan/ Allah.)

When will the American people face up to the fact that they were lied to, bamboozled, swindled in the 2008 election by the Obama Campaign and their MSM enablers? Obama is in the tank for Islam and the sooner we boot him out of the White House, the better.

CatchAll on August 6, 2012 at 11:17 PM

So, I guess we’ll exchange a few quite words about this traitorous Plouffe character, attack each other viciously, and call it a day. Meanwhile the Oman is up in the polls. Perfect.

claudius on August 7, 2012 at 9:16 AM

quiet words —doh!

claudius on August 7, 2012 at 9:18 AM

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