Editor’s Note – Why bother with campaign finance laws, and court decisions, campaign rules, and promises concerning campaigns? Donations and bundling always end up doing exactly what we know they do – provide access, and cushy jobs – rewards. To deny this is happening is just rhetoric no one believes.
…at least 68 bundlers or their spouses have received administration appointments ranging from advisory economic boards to humanities posts… (List here.)
Of course, they all do it, and this article does mention that Romney refused to name his bundlers, but we all know his list will be vilified, while the media just ignores people like Jon Corzine of MF Global fame who is still bundling for Obama. Others include Jeff Katzenberg, who currently tops the list, and Andy Spahn, separately, but both of Hollywood’s DreamWorks, Justin Tanner in the Atlanta Mayor’s Office, Spencer Overton and Alfreda Robinson (separately) of George Washington University, and so on and so forth.
Everyone on these lists is part of the so-called 1% – #Occupy does not seem to notice.
If the name Koch appeared on Romney’s list, MSNBC, NBC, CNN, and all the liberal sites and groups would flood the discourse to a point where you would not be able to hear yourself think. But George Soros’s son has done much to support Obama…crickets, chirp, chirp, chirp…all those “Tides” connections…shhhh!
We know Obama “rewarded” his supporters – will Romney if he wins?
Major Obama ‘bundler’ gets Dutch ambassador’s post
By Luke Rosiak – The Washington Times
D.C. lawyer Timothy Broas, who has funneled more money to the political campaigns of President Obama than nearly anyone else, last week was recommended by Mr. Obama as the next U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands.
As a campaign “bundler,” Mr. Broas collected more than a half-million dollars for Mr. Obama’s 2012 campaign, raising money from family members, colleagues and other wealthy associates; four years ago, he assisted Mr. Obama’s successful bid for the presidency by raising between $200,000 and $500,000.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Mr. Broas becomes the latest of dozens of Obama “bundlers” who are already serving as ambassadors.
The fundraiser’s selection was first reported by the Center for Public Integrity.
This election cycle, 117 people have raised $500,000 or more each for the president’s reelection efforts – totaling at least $59 million. That’s at least 40 percent of the $145 million Mr. Obama has raised.
One hundred and forty-one people have collected between $200,000 and that amount, or $30 million to $70 million. One hundred and twenty people have bundled $100,000 to $200,000, an analysis by The Washington Times showed.
Among new bundlers disclosed this month were figures as eclectic as spiritual healer Deepak Chopra and Robert Pohlad, of the family that once owned the Minneapolis Twins.
Fifteen people. including actor Tyler Perry, raised more than half a million dollars in three months alone, between January and March of this year. Bundlers typically collect $35,000 checks – the maximum allowed to the national party, plus $5,000 to a campaign committee – often from both husband and wife.
The list of Mr. Obama’s 532 2012 bundlers so far is dominated by lawyers, financial professionals and Hollywood figures.
The Center for Public Integrity found that at least 250 bundlers, including Mr. Broas, have been invited to the White House, and at least 68 bundlers or their spouses have received administration appointments ranging from advisory economic boards to humanities posts.
Mr. Broas is a partner at the law firm Winston and Strawn, and also serves as a member of the board of trustees of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, according to a White House statement.
In the past, not all of those who have been appointed to prestigious diplomatic posts after raising campaign funds have proven qualified for those jobs.
A State Department investigation tied 2008 bundler-turned-Bahamas Ambassador Nicole Avant to “dysfunctional leadership and mismanagement, which has caused problems throughout the embassy” since she was appointed by President Obama, Foreign Policy magazine reported.
Mrs. Avant has since rejoined the ranks of Obama bundlers, having raised the better part of a million dollars from her Beverly Hills home this election cycle, after resigning from her Caribbean assignment in November.
In a departure from his own precedent in 2008 as well as standard practice for recent presidential campaigns, Mitt Romney, Mr. Obama’s likely opponent in November, has refused to release the names of his bundlers.