Author: Peter Nicholas, Washington Bureau
Article MentionsAuthor, Peter Nicholas, Washington Bureau
Mentioned, Valerie Jarrett
Mentioned, George W. Bush
Mentioned, Arne Duncan
Mentioned, Steven Chu
Mentioned, Melanie Sloan
Mentioned, Citizens For Responsibility
Mentioned, Kim Geiger
Mentioned, Lisa P. Jackson
Mentioned, Brendan Doherty
Reporting from Washington Obama administration Cabinet members and senior aides are fanning out across the country in an aggressive fundraising drive, taking advantage of porous campaign finance laws that allow them to appear as marquee speakers and raise substantial money for the president's reelection effort. The Obama campaign's "Speaker Series" program turns Cabinet secretaries and top White House advisors into fundraising surrogates. For $5,000, a donor can get a kind of season pass to see officials when they come to town a bargain compared with the $35,800 typically charged for dinner with President Obama. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson traveled to San Francisco this month to give a speech and appear at...(read more)
... Reporting from Washington Obama administration Cabinet members and senior aides are fanning out across the country in an aggressive fundraising drive, taking advantage of porous campaign finance laws that allow them to appear as marquee speakers and ...
... spoke at a closed event in Northern California, helping raise as much as $70,000, according to one person who attended. None of this is illegal, although the appearances must be carefully choreographed to avoid running afoul of the federal Hatch Act, ...
... White House devolved into a "political boiler room," where partisan briefings to staffers were held in violation of the Hatch Act, the Office of Special Counsel ruled. Obama took office pledging to do things differently. But groups that favor limit ...