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“This just looks bad,” says MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, and that’s an understatement. Todd worries that the White House is “ceding the moral high ground” by having Barack Obama’s presidential-campaign-turned-activist-network pledge to provide access to the President in exchange for big bucks, as the New York Times reported over the weekend:

Finally, The New York Times reported over the weekend that donors who contribute and raise $500,000 for President Obama’s Organizing for Action will get special access to the President. That’s right. They’re selling access to the President. The new group has an ambitious goal — to raise $50 million to convert the President’s re-election campaign into an advocacy network and they’re offering access. The New York Times says ‘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.’

Excuse us? This just looks bad. It looks like the White House is selling access. The definition of how you define selling access. If you believe money has a stranglehold over the entire political system, this is ceding the moral high ground. And the President always has, from the moment he first announced his presidential bid in Springfield, six years ago, he stressed the need to curb the influence of special interests in Washington.

If it were a republican i doubt that the harshest thing said would be, "this just looks bad". Especially interesting is that they're selling access for big bucks, you know, stuff rich people have. Remember when there's a sex scandal and it's a republican, according to liberals the republican should get more scrutiny because they sell themselves as moral. Well with selling access for money shouldn't this get more play in the press because democrats are for the little guy? Has anyone heard anything about Jon Corzine lately?
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