Follow the Money
Our fellow blogger, Beans, commented:
LL wrote in his reply to my comment: “The feckless and impotent metrosexual Obama and his masculine wife did nothing to concern the Long March.”
Well, how else is Barky the Lightbringer and the First Wookie supposed to afford a house in Martha’s Vineyard, unless they get their dirty mitts on some international money…
The answer includes but is not limited to ‘international money’. During Obama’s eight years in office he sold access to the White House. People who wanted to that access engaged in what is known as ‘play to play’. Organizations such a Solyndra, which received favored status and in some cases, hundreds of millions of dollars – and then went bankrupt – had their executives contribute heavily to the DNC and to the Obama campaign fund, but it didn’t stop there. There was the non-profit Barack Obama Foundation (Barack Obama, Chairman) that received money. Barack could vote his own salary from foundation funds. Additionally there was cash, and it has a perfume all its own as do the off-shore ‘investments’ in the names of others that Barack can ‘access’.
Then there are honorariums. This is how that worked. Beans, wishing to curry favor with the President, would approach one of the gate keepers, Valerie Jarrett or David Axelrod (there were others as well) with $75K in cash to set up an appointment. Beans, his pockets bulging, would make a $400K donation to the Barack Obama Charitable Foundation as an honorarium fee for an Obama speech. He’d show up at the White House, be ushered into the Oval Office, and would be permitted to listen to Barky the Lightbringer for fifteen or twenty minutes, and then would be ushered out. For another $50K he could spend the night at the White House in the Lincoln Bedroom, used as a sort of Bed and Breakfast by the Obamas. Beans would, thereafter, enjoy special access to President Obama. More money would give him even greater access. Pay to play.
The point is that it’s not just foreign/international money. There is a lot of domestic money that made its way into the Obama purse.
Case Study: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
(Fox News) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is officially out of the Presidential 2020 race. She had $8.2 million on hand and has just under $800,000 remaining.
Failed Candidate Gillibrand spent $7.4 million in about two months…how much of that went into the Kirsten Gillibrand Charitable Foundation (Kirsten Gillibrand, Chairperson)? It’s just a donation to charity. Who can object?
The $800K remaining, will go into her war chest for her next campaign.
However, lets say that she, Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Senate Whip Stenny Hoyer decide to host a $20,000 per plate fund raiser. Ten people show up including Gillibrand, Schumer and Hoyer. The fund raiser is for charity. The seven schmucks who paid $20K each have the money dumped into the Gillibrand Charitable Foundation. Gillibrand, Schumer and Hoyer each pay for their tickets out of campaign funds. Door prizes are awarded and who wins? Gillibrand, Schumer and Hoyer! Each get a trip somewhere worth $20K, or a new wristwatch, or a set of jet skis. The point is that the money comes out of their campaign funds legally.
And that’s the game.
As well as Barack Obama played the game (Chicago Style), the Clintons charged much more for much less. When SecState Clinton went airborne, it was as a bag man (bag person) for the Clinton Foundation while she frolicked with Huma Abadin Weiner.
The Coming of the Donald
Is it any wonder that both Democrats and Republicans cowered in horror when Donald Trump, a man who didn’t want the money, took office? Is it any wonder that they hate him? The well of graft money flowing into the White House dried up. Oh, don’t get me wrong, it’s alive and well in Congress – but the White House money was a source of ‘dark money’ and ‘soft money’ for a lot of Washington parasites including the erudite elites like George Will (now bitter, a bit senile, and staying home).
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What did Ilhan Omar’s husband say when he found out that she was cheating on him?
“I’m telling mom!”
Not much call for a Hurricane Free Zone here in Kansas. Do they make one for tornadoes?
It's a relief to know that only Democrats engage in this sleaze and that my beloved Republicans are clean and pure as the wind driven snow.
I sleep well at night knowing this.
I'm shocked. Shocked I tell you….
I believe someone said of LBJ that he went to Washington to do good, and did very well. Seems to be the name of the game.
One of the major causes of wind damage in hurricanes are tornadoes. So we here in Florida don't see a lot of individual tornadoes. But when we get them, they're in the middle of a friggin big storm so we don't 'see' those either, but we feel them.
It's really spectacular to see all the trees bending one way, then seeing a few (that you can see)suddenly bend and twist in a direction opposite of the prevailing winds.
Though we do get quite a few 'micro bursts.' Had one touch down behind my house and then plow through the neighborhood, dropping trees and trashing roofs (either alone or by dropping trees) for 5 blocks. Went into the woods and found the touchdown spot. But because Florida no one reported anything. Bastiges. Midwest climatologists woulda called it an F1 Tornado.
Well, how much of Okobungo's money is located in off-shore accounts set up during his World Apology Tour? Or how much of the Clinton Warchest was also funded by offshore accounts?
Then again, the Clintons charged Pay to Play to a lot of ChiComs during their tenure in the White House.
And you fail to mention other ways of gaining money for a candiddate:
The ad buys and media buys all go though a corporation that they own. They charge a 10% or 15% fee for the brokerage of the ad time. SO the Campaign fund buys $750K of add time on a local radio station. The candidate's firm makes $75K. (Or more)…
Then they buy print ads at $290K. Another $20K. maybe $30K
Then there is the fees their company charges for setting up venues for those dinners. and handling the money at fundraisers. And there's another 15$ of a million bucks. Plus the fees for setting up the catering and the bartenders and the fees for security and then the fees for janitorial work afterwards.
All told, if the campaign raises a million bucks, the candidate can make $300K in the fees. Then they spend that money on ads and make another 10%.
All paid for by those campaign contributions.
Quite a racket. And it is legal, too.
LL, I'm confused. Are you accusing our Beltway Elite rulers of corruption?
I think he's just saying they get a much better deal than the American people they are supposed to represent.
Sucks lemons, too.
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