The New York Times reports that you can buy access to President Obama for $500k:
President Obama’s political team is fanning out across the country in pursuit of an ambitious goal: raising $50 million to convert his re-election campaign into a powerhouse national advocacy network. . .
Those contributions will also translate into access, according to donors courted by the president’s aides. . . Giving or raising $500,000 or more puts donors on a national advisory board for Mr. Obama’s group and the privilege of attending quarterly meetings with the president, along with other meetings at the White House.
Watch Jay Carney struggle to defend this, and ultimately give up and walk out:
What is hilarious — beyond his repeated efforts to change the subject, and his inability to make eye contact as he does it — is how transparently bogus his defense is. He tries to shuck this aside as the activities of an “independent group”, as if (1) Obama’s own campaign crew could be independent of the president, (2) a truly independent group would have even a prayer of becoming one of the nation’s top pressure groups overnight, or (3) the fact that they are selling access to the president — the very issue he’s being questioned about — doesn’t eviscerate any idea that they could be independent.
UPDATE: Good point: OFA is so independent, they run Barack Obama’s Twitter account.