Classifieds Business Directory Jobs Real Estate Autos Legal Notices ePubs Subscribe Archives
Today is November 24, 2014
home news sports feature opinionfyi society obits multimedia

Front Page » April 2, 2013 » Opinion » Guest column
Published 601 days ago

Guest column


Print PageEmail PageShareGet Reprints

By JIM HIGHTOWER
Otherwords

Obama's Unethical end run

Back in 2010, President Obama declared: "I don't think American elections should be bankrolled by America's most powerful interests."

That was so 2010.

By 2013, the mist of corporate money has fogged over Team Obama's commitment to such ethical niceties. For example, take a glance at all the special interests that paid $50 million for his January inaugural festivities. Except...you can't.

While the White House pledged that it would put the names of every donor online so people could see that there's no conflict of interest, that's all they disclosed. Just names of individuals. There's no info on where they live, what corporation they represent, or how much they gave.

Even the highly-skilled watchdogs of the Sunlight Foundation haven't managed to identify 40 percent of the individuals. They've traced some donors back to such "powerful interests" as AT&T, Coca Cola, FedEx, and Microsoft. But they have no clue how much these special interests paid - i.e. how many presidential favors they purchased.

And now, another layer of fog has descended over the White House. The Obamacans have set up a dark-money haven called Organizing For Action (OFA), again making a show of transparency by pledging to issue quarterly lists of donors.

But the listings again won't include the donors' corporate identities. And why only quarterly? Why not reveal the names online the moment the checks arrive? Plus, some checks from corporate executives will be bundled, but OFA won't disclose the corporations delivering the bundles.

OFA donors will have access to special White House briefings. But, as the Sunlight group asks, will someone who gives $50 be invited - or just those giving $50,000 and up? I think you can guess the answer.

To help oppose this sad end run around real ethics, visit SunlightFoundation.com.

OtherWords columnist Jim Hightower is a radio commentator, writer, and public speaker.

Print PageEmail PageShareGet Reprints


Top of Page


 
Opinion  
April 2, 2013
Recent Opinion
Quick Links
Subscribe via RSS
Related Articles  
Related Stories



Best viewed with Firefox
Get Firefox

© Sun Advocate, 2000-2013. All rights reserved. All material found on this website, unless otherwise specified, is copyright and may not be reproduced without the explicit written permission from the publisher of the Sun Advocate.
Legal Notices & Terms of Use    Privacy Policy    Advertising Info    FAQ    Contact Us
  RSS Feeds    News on Your Site    Staff Information    Submitting Content    About Us