“All told,” writes Devin Dwyer of ABC News, “41 of the 364 expected attendees” at last night’s White House state dinner in honor of British Prime Minister David Cameron “are Obama campaign bundlers, or volunteer fundraisers who give the legal maximum and then gather checks from friends and colleagues who do the same.”
Nor is this, Dwyer adds, “the first time Obama’s campaign donors have been spotted at a White House state dinner. In October, at least half a dozen attended the evening in honor of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.”
Would be interesting to compare this to the number of Bush campaign bundlers who snagged invitations to state dinners in his administration. AP reporter Jack Gillum claims that that good man did indeed invite
dozens of his “pioneer” supporters to state dinners, and President Bill Clinton did the same. But Obama previously has criticized Washington’s pay-for-access privileges, and even donors themselves complained early in his presidency that they were kept at arm’s length.
He doesn’t provide an actual number there, but did find that his organization’s review some of the donors at the dinner had “written big checks to Priorities USA Action, a ‘super’ political action committee run by former White House aides.”
(Politico reports that there were “at least 50” bundlers at the dinner: “There are 43 invitees, plus seven spouses or partners who are also listed as bundlers, on the dinner list.”.)