Obama’s Well-Heeled Friends Splurge for State Dinner

Where are the Collection Baskets?

You don’t get into a State Dinner hosted by the White House without an invitation, particularly when the guest will include somebody like Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron.   Unfortunately, there’s a twist to this, and it has gotten to be ridiculous:  The best way to receive an invitation from the Obama White House is to buy one.   Millions of dollars poured in for Barack Obama by virtue of the efforts of all his top campaign bundlers who were invited this latest State Dinner, and when you consider the laundry-list of the well-heeled, it’s small wonder that they didn’t hire a banker to print the invitations.  ABC News provided the list of guests and how much they had gathered for a chance at this affair, and as you might guess, it’s a list of the who’s-who of top Obama bundlers.

Here’s a sample:

  • Gerald Acker, Huntington Woods, MI – $200,000-$500,000 (Goodman Acker PC)
  • Mark Alderman, Bryn Mawr, PA – $200,000-$500,000 (Cozen & O’Connor)
  • Jean-Phillipe Austin, Miami, FL – $200,000-$500,000 (Physician)
  • Matthew Barzun, Louisville, KY – $500,000+ (Brickpath LLC)
  • Tom and Andrea Bernstein, New York, NY – $500,000+ (Chelsea Piers Mgmt)
  • Neil Bluhm, Chicago, IL – $200,000-$500,000 (Walton Street Capital)
  • Wally Brewster, Jr., and Robert Satawake, Chicago, IL – $200,000-$500,000 (General Growth Properties/Keller Williams Realty)
  • Jim Crown, Chicago, IL – $200,000-$500,000 (Henry Crown & Co)
  • John Crumpler, Durham, NC – $500,000+ (Hatteras Venture Architects)
  • Meredith  DeWitt, Harvard, MA – $200,000-$500,000 (Political Consultant)
  • Fred Eychaner, Chicago, IL – $500,000+ (Newsweb Corp)
  • Joseph Falk, Miami, FL  – $200,000-$500,000 (Akerman, Senterfitt & Eidson)
  • Rajiv Kumar Fernando, Chicago, IL – $200,000-$500,000 (Chopper Trading)
  • John Frank, Bellevue, WA — $500,000+ (Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft,)

As you can see, you won’t get in with a “Benjamin” dropped in the basket to join this crowd.   Of course, it will be argued that all presidents due this, but I think that’s part of the problem.  For you and I, there is no hope of rubbing elbows with the rich and famous at one of these events, even assuming momentarily that our politics were ‘right,’  because it has become a game of buying access.  Worse, it’s buying access to foreign heads of state, and it leads one to wonder what else it might buy.  How many of these people or the organizations they represent will be the recipients of some government hand-out or other cronies’ deal?

With this sort of thing being routine, how can the American people this or any president claims to represent get any kind of say in their government?  The message is pretty clear: Bundle enough campaign contributions, and you get a seat at a well-placed table.  It’s another despicable abuse of the office, and I don’t care which party is doing it.

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  • Margaret J. Denson

    Well, what else could happen?  He only gets the Millionaires and Billionaires to come to these shindigs  and he makes them feel as though THEY HAVE to give him LOADS OF MONEY.  I pray to OUR GOD that even IF I had that kind of money and there were as many people today that are begging for food I would choke on that expensive food that they all enjoyed, how can they do it? AND about that man who may face death for telling the truth in his papers, I just feel as though the Secty. of the non working Justice Department probably had something to do with it.  The guy that made up all those lies about Sarah Palin is some kind of CRAZY.  I’m sure he is very sorry that she is not running for president of the USA in 2012, therefore, HE cannot make any money, Like Obummer, for telling all those lies.  I do believe most of the comments AGAINST Mrs. Palin comes from people who are Jealous of her.  They want to be as brilliant as she is but JUST CAN’T MAKE IT!  i ALSO pray for OUR GOD to help us get through this year without having a CIVIL WAR because should the president buy that office again, I feel like there will be something, very much like what has happened across the BIG POND in the middle east.  I don’t think he can add 2+2 and get anything correct.  He doesn’t care how much he puts us in debt because he has enough money to pay off the debt he made BUT of course, he will put it on the American people.  Wonder who will pay for their very high expenses when he leaves the White House?