Carol Platt Liebau

According to Common Cause, the President is considering a plan to hold in-person meetings four times yearly with those who raise $500,000 or more for his lobbying group, Organizing for America.

It doesn't take a genius to understand that this is simply a pay-to-play plan.  If you are willing to pony up half a million or more, you, too, can have a sit-down with the world's most powerful man every three months (presumably, the President will make time for you between vacations, rounds of golf, and scaring the country).

Of course, this step -- if taken -- would merely formalize a comfortable little arrangement that's already in place:

Among donors [to the Obama 2008 campaign effort] who gave $30,000 or less, about 20 percent visited the White House, according to a New York Times analysis that matched names in the visitor logs with donor records. But among those who donated $100,000 or more, the figure rises to about 75 percent. Approximately two-thirds of the president’s top fund-raisers in the 2008 campaign visited the White House at least once, some of them numerous times.

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Some of the donors had no previous record of giving to the president or his party, or of making donations of such magnitude, so their gifts, sometimes given in close proximity to meetings, raise questions about whether they came with expectations of access or were expressions of gratitude.


Really? They "raise questions"? I think not -- the answer is clear.


Carol Platt Liebau

Carol Platt Liebau is an attorney, political commentator and guest radio talk show host based near New York. Learn more about her new book, "Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Hurts Young Women (and America, Too!)" here.