Obama’s inaugural committee on the receiving end of transparency complaints

posted at 7:01 pm on January 5, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

In the run-up to his 2009 inauguration, President Obama’s inaugural committee made much ado about the fact that they would not be accepting any donations from lobbyists or corporations, nor individual donations in excess of $50,000 — and there was really no reason that they would have needed them, anyway. The Hopenchangey spirit carried over from 2008 was enough to fund all of the balls, concerts, parties, and other pomp surrounding the inauguration the first time around, but this year, the enthusiasm level is sufficiently tarnished that they decided to reverse course on that much-vaunted corporate ban and took the limit off of individual contributions. Why it was distinctly not okay to accept mega-donations in order to wave off well-monied interests in 2009, but it is okay now, is still unclear.

On Friday evening (why is it always Friday evening?), the inaugural committee released a list of the corporate donors who are so far contributing to the festivities, and it’s already coming under fire from transparency advocates:

“It’s not worth indebting yourself to corporate interests just to have a big party,” Craig Holman, an advocate with the watchdog group Public Citizen, told the Washington Post. “It’s very unfortunate and quite a reversal of what this president stood for.”

Holman also criticized the lack of transparency in the PIC’s disclosure. In 2009, inauguration organizers released the employer, amount donated, and state of residence for each individual donor. This time, however, the president provided “just a list of names,” Holman told the Post.

An inaugural committee spokeswoman, Addie Whisenant, pushed back on complaints about transparency, telling the Post, “The Presidential Inaugural Committee is continuing its pledge of transparency for the American people and is taking extra steps to provide the public with ongoing updates about who is donating to the inaugural. In keeping with the FEC requirements, we will also make public the final list of donors and the amounts they contributed to the [committee] 90 days after the presidential inauguration.”

Puh-lease. “Indebting yourself to corporate interests,” or rather, allowing corporate interests to apple-polish in return for some cozy rent-seeking, is precisely what it’s all about. And hey, FEC requirements? You mean, like these FEC requirements?

President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign has been fined $375,000 by the Federal Election Commission for reporting violations related to a set of donations received during the final days of the campaign.

The fines are among the largest ever levied on a presidential campaign by the FEC and stem from a series of missing notices for nearly 1,200 contributions totaling nearly $1.9 million.

Campaigns are required to file reports within 48 hours on donations of $1,000 or more received during the final 20 days of the campaign. The fine was detailed in a conciliation agreement sent to Sean Cairncross, chief counsel for the Republican National Committee.


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OH NO!

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2013 at 7:03 PM

CAN’T BE TRUE!

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2013 at 7:03 PM

THE MSM would REPORT THAT!

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2013 at 7:04 PM

WOULDN’T THEY?

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2013 at 7:04 PM

President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign has been fined $375,000 by the Federal Election Commission for reporting violations related to a set of donations received during the final days of the campaign

…they haven’t even started on 2012 yet!

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2013 at 7:05 PM

JOKESTERS!

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Corporations are lining up to pay the fines!

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2013 at 7:07 PM

…what’s a fine for?

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2013 at 7:07 PM

T R A N S P A R A N C E Y !

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2013 at 7:08 PM

…hello!
Bishop?

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2013 at 7:08 PM

…is Dave here?

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2013 at 7:09 PM

…Sh!t!

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2013 at 7:09 PM

…everybody is watching football!

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2013 at 7:09 PM

….Trolls?
anybody?

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2013 at 7:10 PM

…oh oh! JugEars shut down Hot Air!

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2013 at 7:10 PM

I knew this would happen!

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2013 at 7:11 PM

That’s so cute, thinking transparency laws or election laws apply to Lightbringer (TM).

RoadRunner on January 5, 2013 at 7:11 PM

he hasn’t had a month into his new term yet!

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2013 at 7:11 PM

the fine should have been 1.9 million dollars.

RickB on January 5, 2013 at 7:12 PM

That’s so cute, thinking transparency laws or election laws apply to Lightbringer (TM).

RoadRunner on January 5, 2013 at 7:11 PM

the fine should have been 1.9 million dollars.

RickB on January 5, 2013 at 7:12 PM

…they didn’t get everybody!
W O L V E R I N E S !

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2013 at 7:13 PM

He always looks so puerile and stupid.

In the meanwhile, real man died.

Schadenfreude on January 5, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Obama’s inaugural committee on the receiving end of transparency complaints

Jeez, give the guy a break. He won fair and square and is doing a great job.

arnold ziffel on January 5, 2013 at 7:30 PM

On Friday evening (why is it always Friday evening?)

…because the MSM has 4 day weekends all the time…by Tuesday…anything revealing or reviling…is old news!

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2013 at 7:31 PM

“It’s very unfortunate and quite a reversal of what this president stood for.”

Really? Oh, and elections have consequences, especially when that person won’t be running for office again.

And if you thought Billy Bob cashed in on the presidency, just wait until Barry’s next 4 years are over.

GarandFan on January 5, 2013 at 7:35 PM

Was that a record KOOLAID2?

Barred on January 5, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Was that a record KOOLAID2?

Barred on January 5, 2013 at 7:38 PM

…no…did more once before…

KOOLAID2 on January 5, 2013 at 7:45 PM

“Transparency…yeah, that’s the new see through plutonium driver. Increased my drive by 35 yards!” – Barky

Slade73 on January 5, 2013 at 7:55 PM

“Transparency…yeah, that’s the new see through plutonium driver. Increased my drive by 35 yards!” – Barky

Slade73 on January 5, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Look at this cartoon that I reworked…

Obama: Sacrifice Is For Thee, Not Me

M2RB: Elton John

He’s “hand’s on.”

Resist We Much on January 5, 2013 at 8:10 PM

Resist We Much on January 5, 2013 at 8:10 PM

he sure is…except for that auto pen thing. Who needs hands on when you have 20 million dollars?

Slade73 on January 5, 2013 at 8:24 PM

of other people’s money of course

Slade73 on January 5, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Suckers!

myiq2xu on January 5, 2013 at 8:34 PM

So, you’re saying the Vatican is NOT letting them use the Chair of St. Peter?

CurtZHP on January 6, 2013 at 12:32 PM

“It’s very unfortunate and quite a reversal of what this president stood for.”

Okay, okay… so I get that the author was one of those stupid enough to believe the 2008 hype. A lot of people did. But if by 2012 you hadn’t figured out that crony capitalism, statism, lies, corruption, and selling out were Obamas stock-in-trade, you deserve to be taken out in a field, tied to a tree, and have your head bashed in with a shovel because you’re honestly just too g0d-dammed stoopid to live anymore.

SAMinVA on January 6, 2013 at 6:39 PM