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Obama Fundraising has its privileges:
Dozens of donors snag invitations to White House State Dinner

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:41 am - March 15, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Obama Hopenchange

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.”.)

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  1. […] do I get an invite to a State Dinner at the White House?  Bundle a ton of loot for Barack Obama re-election […]

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  2. …“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….

    Before this number can mean anything, we need some context. 1) How does 41 of 364 compare to past state dinners hosted by this president and by his predecessors? 2) How does 41 compare to the total number of bundlers and volunteer fundraisers of this magnitude or larger for this President? 3) How does this per centage of the total bundlers and volunteer fundraisers compare to the per centage for prior Presidents?

    Dwyer elides those data.

    Eric Hines

    Comment by E Hines — March 15, 2012 @ 8:26 am - March 15, 2012

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    Pingback by Three dozen top Obama campaign bundlers attend state dinner, but is it news? | Twitchy — March 15, 2012 @ 9:35 am - March 15, 2012

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  5. Those who admire Mr. Obama quickly forget all his promises just as soon as he breaks them. Did he not decry the “pay for access” mentality of former elected officials? How does it justify what he does to point out the poor judgment of others. It only demonstrates how common he is among all politicians. Was anyone worried when he broke his promise about relying on public financing if his opponent would also?
    Democrats may need any Democrat they can get in office but at least be clear eyed about the man.

    Comment by Barbara Flores — March 15, 2012 @ 11:59 am - March 15, 2012

  6. From a purely-operational POV, how is this different from the past 200-plus years of White House guest lists. Just in the more distant-past they had “Secretary”, “Judge” or “Ambassador” appendage’d when they were announced by the Major-Domo

    More offensive was the slovenly-dress of many of the male attendees. Would it kill you to have a properly-tailored Tuxedo…instead of a ill-fitting business suit? Or at-least a tie-clip? This means you, Harvey W…..

    Tho’ a few of the male US Marine Corps handlers/aides were rather fetching….

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — March 15, 2012 @ 12:57 pm - March 15, 2012

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