For $500k You Can Meet with Obama Quarterly, Join ‘National Advisory Board’
The New York Times is reporting that President Obama will raise $50 million for a new “advocacy network”, Organizing for Action. For small fish, $50k will buy you access to networking events with high-ranking players in the administration.
And for up and coming do-gooders with large bankrolls, there’s a platinum option. From the NYT:
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. Moreover, the new cash demands on Mr. Obama’s top donors and bundlers come as many of them are angling for appointments to administration jobs or ambassadorships.
“It just smells,” said Bob Edgar, the president of Common Cause, which advocates tighter regulation of campaign money. “The president is setting a very bad model setting up this organization.”
Mr. Obama’s new organization has drawn rebukes in recent days from watchdog groups, which view it as another step away from the tighter campaign regulation Mr. Obama once championed. Over the past two years, he has reversed course on several campaign finance issues, by blessing a super PAC created by former aides and accepting large corporate contributions for his second inauguration.