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White House Says Obama Fundraising Ad No ‘Big Deal’

June 28, 2011 by  

On Monday, President Barack Obama’s campaign team emailed a short video to supporters and donors. The video, seen below, was reportedly filmed in the White House by a crew from the Democratic National Committee.

“The president’s video is accompanied by a donor solicitation form in which supporters of the administration can check boxes donating from $5 to $700 to the Obama-Biden re-election effort,” reported Real Clear Politics. “This may, or may not, constitute fundraising by a federal employee in a federal office building, a practice that is generally prohibited.”

In an interview with the website, unnamed White House officials confirmed that the video was shot in the White House, but maintained that shooting the video was not illegal.

According to the article, the officials said: “First… an open process for small donors to essentially win a raffle is not the kind of fundraising prohibited under the law — and the president didn’t make a direct appeal for donations, anyway. Second… longstanding advisory opinion from the Justice Department… differentiates between the residence portion of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave… and official rooms in the White House.”

The article also said that previous Presidents had used the White House for similar efforts.

“(D)irectly raising money in the White House was indeed the context of the bitter controversy President (Bill) Clinton and Vice President Al Gore provoked in 1995 and 1996 by aggressively raising millions of dollars in campaign funds during activities expressly designed to use the White House as a hook to attract donor interest,” the article read.

In the video, the President invites supporters to enter a contest, where four winners will join him for dinner, saying Vice President Joe Biden will also be in attendance.

“We’re setting another place at the table for Joe Biden, who wants to join us,” President Obama said in the video. “So this isn’t so much dinner with Barack anymore as it is dinner with Barack and Joe. To use one of his favorite expressions, that’s a big deal.”

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  • Raggs

    Yeah so if mr.bill can do it why can’t i?
    monica’s phone number is still in the desk door.
    bill is sure to have a few good used or unused condoms lying about, isn’t that the liberal minset to share and share alike?

    Why is this punk still in office?

  • Jana

    Obama has done NOTHING but campaign or play games. He is waaaay out of his league as President. He has shown by his actions that he doesn’t consider himself Pres. of everyone. He isn’t President of the Right To Work States. He isn’t President of Arizona. He isn’t President of the Republicans. He told them they could sit at the back of the bus.
    He isn’t President of Texas either. He refuses to send aid to Arizona or Texas who are fighting humongous fires.
    He is only President of the progressives who want this country to turn to Communism like his good advisor Van Jones wants.
    He is inept at running this great country. Actually, he is running it all right, into the ground.

  • Pete

    Wow ! If you win, you get to have dinner with Prez Obama and SuperJoe Biden ! What an opportunity to give them some sound advice !!

    Like Jim Kirk said, one person can make a difference. But that’s Star Trek (and according to my wife, it isn’t real !) ….

    Hey , maybe you can become a Presidential adviser !!!! Consider the dinner an interview…

    Don’t them cabinet advisers have the security clearance of a three star general ?

    Just a thought – donate the 5 bucks – it’s like Lotto – and take a gamble… if you get invited to participate ….

  • Cawmun Cents

    That guy has taken enough of my money fruitlessly,why would I give him 5 more dollars?-CC.

  • Sutekh

    Obama is the most crass politician we have ever had in the White House.

    If your idea of “hope” and “change” is having Louis XIV in the White House, Obama provides.

  • Pete

    Hey everyone !

    I sent my 5 bucks in ! Yippee ! HA HA ! IF I WIN ….

    1) Get a free dinner with my President and Vice President , a definite privilege !!

    2) I’m registered as a Libertarian ! Sure would like to talk to Barack and Joe , maybe I could turn them away from the “dark side”. I sense the good in them !! Oops – watching to much “Return of the Jedi” !!

    3) At least give them both a copy of “Atlas Shrugged” and “The God of the Machine” …right ? Paterson and Rand are good reading ….

    4) How about also a copy Bunyan’s “Journey to Hell” ? Very Good reading !!!

    Hope I win !!! ….


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