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Obama pipeline decision may preview energy policy

Obama pipeline decision may preview energy policy | USA Politics | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a decision President Barack Obama put off during the 2012 campaign, but now that he's won a second term, his next move on a proposed oil pipeline between the U.S.

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Mitt Romney's Latin American policy: Not much to look at - VOXXI

Mitt Romney's Latin American policy: Not much to look at - VOXXI | USA Politics | Scoop.it

This article discusses both President Obama's policy and involvement with Latin America and what Mitt Romney's policies and stances appear to be so far in the presidential campaign. 

 

VOXXIMitt Romney's Latin American policy: Not much to look atVOXXISuch emphasis on terrorism in Latin America allowed Romney to incorporate the region into his broad global narrative: the world is “dangerous, destructive, chaotic” and it is America's...


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Selling the Obama Presidency

Selling the Obama Presidency | USA Politics | Scoop.it

Candidate Obama in 2007/08 railed against lobbyists and influence peddlers in Washington, D.C. claiming that they have corrupted government and led to a lack of transparency and confidence in our government officials and institutions. 

This is what he promised:

"No political appointees in an Obama-Biden administration will be permitted to work on regulations or contracts directly and substantially related to their prior employer for two years. And no political appointee will be able to lobby the executive branch after leaving government service during the remainder of the administration."

Well apparently Obama’s lobbying rules do not apply when former senior White House officials and campaign officials band together under the auspices of the Democratic National Committee to form a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to becoming the clearing house for White House lobbying and gate keepers for those wishing to gain access to the president and his White House.

The New York Times is reporting that former Obama officials have morphed their campaign machine into a powerful “advocacy” effort called “Organizing for Action.” The people behind this group are the who’s who in Obama’s world. 

The list of former senior Obama White House officials and senior Obama campaign personnel who are intimately involved in OAF reads like the inner circle of the president’s administration and campaign:

Debbie Wasserman Schultz — DNC Chair and current member of the U.S. House.Jon Carson, OAF Executive Director — headed up the White House Office of Public Engagement.Jim Messina, national chairman – served as the president’s 2012 campaign managerStephanie Cutter, senior communications –served as Obama’s 2012 deputy campaign managerRobert Gibbs, senior advisor — was Obama’s chief White House spokesman.David Plouffe, senior advisor — was Obama’s 2008 campaign nanager and Obama White House senior advisor

The announcement and launch of OAF was done by first lady Michelle Obama in a YouTube video calling OAF, “the next phase in our movement for change.” She went on to state that OAF “have given ordinary people a place in our democratic process again.”

The organization’s first mission as a “start-up” is to raise capital to the tune of $50 million dollars. Its efforts are not geared towards donations of $1, $2 or even $10.

Big fish need only apply. The very people being targeted are the ones Obama once demonized.

The president himself said this to OAF supporters recently: “You’ll have questions about what exactly Organizing for Action will look like — and over the next few months, you will be the ones to come up with many of those answers.” 

This is how The New York Times describes Organizing for Action:

“Organizing for Action has been set up as a tax-exempt ‘social welfare group.' That means it is not bound by federal contribution limits, laws that bar White House officials from soliciting contributions, or the stringent reporting requirements for campaigns. In their place, the new group will self-regulate.

“The goal is to harness those resources in support of Mr. Obama’s second-term policy priorities, including efforts to curb gun violence and climate change and overhaul immigration procedures.”

Sounds harmless enough?

The “marketing materials” for OFA entices donors with promises to access to the president and White House officials at the White House. The New York Times is reporting that this is what high-level donors to OFA are promised:

“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.”

You do not need a law degree to understand that a third-party organization that promises access to the president and high government officials for a donation of money or anything of value is immoral, unethical and illegal.

 

In light of The New York Times article blowing the whistle on this White House shakedown effort, left leaning watchdog groups are calling for the president to shut down OAF. 

This is what Bob Edgar, president of Common Cause, had to say about OAF:

“If President Obama is serious about his often-expressed desire to rein in big money in politics, he should shut down Organizing for Action and disavow any plan to schedule regular meetings with its major donors . . . access to the president should never be for sale.”

The former Democratic congressman went on to make the case for OAF to disband — a case that I could not have made any better:

“With its reported promise of quarterly presidential meetings for donors and ‘bundlers’ who raise $500,000, Organizing For Action apparently intends to extend and deepen the pay-to-play Washington culture that Barack Obama came to prominence pledging to end. The White House’s suggestion this week that this group will somehow be independent is laughable.

“Organizing for Action’s organizers has indicated the group will accept unlimited donations from individuals and corporations alike. The group has promised to disclose its donors but will release only limited information about their gifts, placing their donations within dollar ranges rather than revealing specific amounts.

“President Obama’s backers should go back to the drawing board. The president may feel that he needs help from an advocacy organization outside the White House and the Democratic Party, but any group he creates should be fundamentally different from what we now see in Organizing for Action.

“At a minimum, any outside advocacy organization tied to the president should live by the ground rules the president has adopted for his administration and the anti-corruption laws that apply to political parties. That means any group associated with the president should refuse all donations from lobbyists, corporations and unions, provide complete and prompt disclosure of all its donors and the amounts they contribute, and impose an annual limit of $32,400 on the amount of money it will accept from any individual or political action committee.”

I would take this even further: 

The U.S. Justice Department/F.B.I. should open an immediate investigation into the unethical fundraising activities of OAF.The IRS should open an immediate investigation into the “not for profit” 501 c4 status of OAF.The White House Counsel should institute an immediate investigation into the activities of President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and White House staff with regard to OAF fundraising and coordination.The House Ethics Committee should open an immediate investigation into the activities of Rep. Wasserman Schultz and her OAF interaction as a member and as DNC chair.

I join with Common Cause and others who call for OAF to shut down ASAP and for those responsible for the selling of the presidency to be brought to justice.


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littlebytesnews's curator insight, February 27, 2013 2:23 PM

It's time to disband this group...this is unethical and illegal and of course OFA is now saying they are not selling access to the President, which is untrue.

 

Bob Edgar of Common Cause, a left leaning group is calling on Obama to shut down 'Organizing for Action'. Obama opposed public financing and now his group is seeking billions of dollars to get access and special privileges to private interest groups. 

 

Obama opposed Citizens United but once the SCOTUS ruled in favor of it he started accepting more lobbying group donations. Now his group Organizing for Action is doing the same as the Super PACs did and he's allowing money to dictate/influence Obama's policies, despite saying he opposed it. 

 

Bob Edgar of Common Cause says Obama has made promises to limit corporate interest money for the Democratic Convention and Inauguration and then lifted those limits...everything he said he opposed he turned around and allowed.

 

The organization claims to be independent of Obama's influence, despite Michelle Obama announcing the initiative and now even the left are opposed to Obama using this group and tactics. Bob Edgar claims the group Common Cause was founded by Republicans despite the NYTs describing them as a leading liberal group. He spoke with Megyn Kelly today on America Live...check back for the video clip segment.

Anthony Kemmer's curator insight, August 16, 2014 4:33 PM

This article is about selling the Obama Administration. It goes on to talk about Obama's powerful "advocacy" effect. The administration is on a mission to "change." Their first step is to raise capital. The article is confident that Obama's view will change the public's opinion about him and the administration in a positive way. 

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Obama must go! Punitive shutdown of war memorials the final betrayal of the American people

Obama must go! Punitive shutdown of war memorials the final betrayal of the American people | USA Politics | Scoop.it
Obama must go! Punitive shutdown of war memorials the final betrayal of the American people

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51 Facts That Dispute Barack Obama’s Identity & Eligibility to be President

51 Facts That Dispute Barack Obama’s Identity & Eligibility to be President | USA Politics | Scoop.it
51 Facts That Dispute Barack Obama’s Identity & Eligibility to be President of The USA! By Kevin A. Lehmann on in Politics 1. The Unenforced Definition

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President Obama, the compassion candidate - The Washington Post

President Obama, the compassion candidate - The Washington Post | USA Politics | Scoop.it

President Obama has begun road-testing his 2012 campaign message this week in a series of speeches that can be boiled down to a single word: compassion.

“The America I know is generous and compassionate,” Obama said in his speech on the debt Wednesday .

At a Democratic National Committee fundraiser Thursday night in Chicago, Obama reiterated his “belief in an America that is competitive and compassionate,” contrasting that with a Republican Party that “is entirely sincere that says we no longer can afford to do big things in this country ... (that) we can’t afford to be compassionate.”


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New Yorker 6-28-12: Atul Gawande: Why the Uninsured Are Still Vulnerable -- The debate rages on

New Yorker 6-28-12: Atul Gawande: Why the Uninsured Are Still Vulnerable -- The debate rages on | USA Politics | Scoop.it

Below is an excerpt from Atul Gawande's op-ed piece that was published in The New Yorker after the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act last June. The debate rages on during the presidential campaign.

 

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During the nineteenth century, for instance, most American leaders believed in a right to vote—but not in extending it to women and black people. Likewise, most American leaders, regardless of their politics, believe that people’s health-care needs should be met; they’ve sought to insure that soldiers, the elderly, the disabled, and children, not to mention themselves, have access to good care. But many draw their circle of concern narrowly; they continue to resist the idea that people without adequate insurance are anything like these deserving others.

 

And so the fate of the uninsured remains embattled—vulnerable, in particular, to the maneuvering for political control. The partisan desire to deny the President success remains powerful. Many levers of obstruction remain; many hands will be reaching for them.

 

For all that, the Court’s ruling keeps alive the prospect that our society will expand its circle of moral concern to include the millions who now lack insurance. Beneath the intricacies of the Affordable Care Act lies a simple truth. We are all born frail and mortal—and, in the course of our lives, we all need health care. Americans are on our way to recognizing this. If we actually do—now, that would be wicked.

 


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American individuals, states show defiance against Obama's contrived selective shutdown of government parks

American individuals, states show defiance against Obama's contrived selective shutdown of government parks | USA Politics | Scoop.it
American individuals, states show defiance against Obama's contrived selective shutdown of government parks

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Jessica Cusick's curator insight, January 28, 2015 1:22 PM

I believe that the president should not be able to shut down government parks. These parks were made to serve the entertainment of the people of America. These parks are places that people dream about visiting their whole lives. The president should not have the power to take away what was made for the happiness of the country.

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An American Shutdown Reaches the Earth’s End

An American Shutdown Reaches the Earth’s End | USA Politics | Scoop.it
If the government shutdown stymies Antarctic research planned for this year, it could jeopardize scientific studies built on decades of work.

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Demographics of How Groups Voted in the 2012 Presidential Election

Demographics of How Groups Voted in the 2012 Presidential Election | USA Politics | Scoop.it
Demographic breakdown of how groups voted during the 2012 Presidential election. Candidates include Barack Obama, and Mit Romney.

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James Robinson's curator insight, October 8, 2013 4:43 PM

This article links with the work we did at the end of year 12, which might prove a bit too distant for all our brains to recall. It covers the main groups in the 2012 Presidential Election, and which way they voted. This information could be useful in a wide variety of essays, and invaluable when picking out key  examples when it comes to revision!

Ellie Kime's curator insight, October 16, 2013 10:00 AM

Super fun thing from James as per