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Obama’s Second Inaugural Bash Funded by Special Interests

Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 26, 2013

Barack Obama’s first presidential election victory was propelled by the infamous saying “hope and change”.  Behind this phrase was Obama’s implied and stated promise to bring change to the sleaze in Washington and the way it does business.  Four years later this has proved to be a hollow promise.

imagesFour years ago for his first inauguration celebration, Obama promised and funded it with small donations and without any corporate or special-interest lobbying money.  Four years later the second party was funded by the sleaze in Washington he promised to eliminate.  This week’s inaugural galas were paid for by million dollar plus donations.  As the washingtonguardian.com reported, the special-interest groups that put cash in a pot included:

Telecom powerhouse AT&T – Now before you Progressives get the idea that AT&T has seen the Leftist light take note that they are lobbying the Federal Communications Commission for increased spectrum versus smaller carriers and spent over $14 million in 2012 lobbying the government.  Sure, mere coincidence.

Big labor unions – Various large unions including the American Postal Workers Union, the Laborers International Union, the American Federation of Government Employees, the International Association of Fire Fighters, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades put cash into the pot.  Just a magnanimous gesture from working Americans’ dues?  Not likely.  Last year the President stuffed the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) with union buddies.  Coincidentally, earlier this week an appellate ruled Obama’s recess appointments to the NLRB unconstitutional.

As for the President’s promised transparency during his first run for the White House, that too is gone.  The Presidential Inaugural Committee indicated it will not release the names of the big donors to the inaugural bashes for three months.  However, washingtonguardian.com reported that one big donor was Steve Ricchetti whose lobby clients have included AT&T, Eli Lilly and GM.

Yes, we are back to sleazy business in Washington, but with one difference.  No longer do we have an independent press willing to report on Washingtonian malfeasance.


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