When Barack Obama has dinner with George Soros’ $60,000, Barack Obama Really Listens
The Romans had a very useful saying: Res ipsa loquitur, “the thing speaks for itself.” We received the following unsolicited fundraising E-mail from David Ploufe at BarackObama.com, followed by an E-mail signed by Barack Obama.
—- Original Message —–From: David Plouffe, BarackObama.comDate: June 6,
2007 2:46 PMTo: SupportersSubject: Dinner with Barack?
Most political fundraisers are hosted by lobbyists and filled with representatives of special interests. But our campaign is different.
Our funding comes from a movement of Americans giving whatever they can afford, even $5, and Barack wants to sit down with supporters like you.
…Our movement is changing the way campaigns are funded. We’re not taking any contributions from Washington lobbyists or political action committees. More than 100,000 individual donors have demonstrated that this choice is about more than an election. It’s about each of us having a personal stake in the future of American politics.
The dinner for five is an opportunity for you to sit down with Barack and your fellow supporters and talk about what matters to you.
Get the kind of treatment other politicians reserve for special interests. Make a donation in the next week, and you could share your story and your ideas with Barack in person…
As shown by the following E-mail, Barack Obama cannot claim that he does not know what his campaign manager is doing, and he apparently thinks the kind of people who can afford to donate only $5-25 (the latter amount being requested by his Walk for Change event) are too stupid to search the Internet for the facts.
When we launched this campaign, we decided not to take the easy money offered by Washington lobbyists and special interest political action committees.
Instead, we put our faith in you, and we couldn’t have made a better choice.
I’ll be meeting four of you for dinner sometime soon, but what’s happening across this country is bigger than me, or my candidacy.
Together we’re re-shaping the political process based on the idea that a movement of people who care about the common future of all Americans can be more powerful than any special interest.
Below is the dinner invitation David sent out yesterday. I hope you’ll take a minute to make a donation, and perhaps we’ll be seeing each other soon.
That is what David Ploufe and Barack Obama have to say. Now let’s take a look at the facts. Obama may indeed have dinner with two “lucky” $5 donors, whom he may pat on the head like lap dogs, but the difference is that, when he has a $60,000 dinner with George Soros, he will actually listen to what Soros has to say.
Unlike Kerry, Barack Obama Covets George Soros’ Support
By Robert B. Bluey
CNSNews.com Staff WriterJuly 27, 2004
Boston (CNSNews.com) – Without a formidable Republican opponent in his U.S. Senate race, Barack Obama has little reason not to take money from billionaire liberal financier George Soros, a man other Democrats keep at a distance.
…Obama, however, is different from most Democrats because of his willingness to embrace the controversial Soros. Shortly after Soros equated the abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Obama joined him for a New York fund-raiser June 7. The event, held at Soros’ home, boosted Obama’s campaign at a time he was still facing a challenge from Republican Jack Ryan. …
Little has been made of his connection to Soros, although it is quite unique. Not only did George Soros donate to Obama’s campaign, but four other family members – Jennifer, sons Jonathan and Robert and wife Susan – did as well. Because of a special provision campaign finance laws, the Soroses were able to give a collective $60,000 to Obama during his primary challenge. Obama faced millionaire Blair Hull, which allowed donors to give more than typically allowed.
We also suspect that Barack Obama will also pay far more attention Allan Houston’s $1000 per person fundraising event than he will to a couple of “little people” who won dinner with him in this raffle. Did Obama Pick the Wrong Playmates? reports,
Barack Obama is heading to Greenwich this weekend to raise money from well-known hedge-funders (i.e. Paul Tudor Jones), but a minimum $1,000-a-head reception at the home of retired Knick Allan Houston on Saturday is drawing heavy criticism from some Jewish anti-discrimination groups. “It’s very unfortunate,” says David Twersky, communications director at the American Jewish Congress. “It looks like Obama is doing pretty well. He doesn’t need Allan Houston’s money.”
Back in 2001, Houston and fellow Knick guard and so-called “God squad” mate Charlie Ward were jeered by fans after making statements Jewish groups
deemed anti-Semitic. Though Ward was the most criticized (he said Jews had Jesus’s “blood on their hands” and were “stubborn” during a pre-game Bible study), Houston supported Ward’s notion that Jews were responsible for Christ’s death by whipping out his Palm Pilot to find the relevant scripture (Matthew 26:67) and said: “Then they spit in Jesus’ face and hit him with their fists.”
Yet David Ploufe writes, “Our funding comes from a movement of Americans giving whatever they can afford, even $5, and Barack wants to sit down with supporters like you.” The truth is that Obama’s funding comes from billionaires like George Soros who think they can buy the White House (as Soros tried to do for John Kerry) and Allan Houston’s fundraising event whose admission costs exceeded what many working people make in two weeks.
Let’s revisit David Ploufe’s assertion,
We’re not taking any contributions from Washington lobbyists or political action committees.
and see how it squares up with the following information for 2001-2006. (NOTE: All the numbers on this page are for the 2001-2006 Senate election cycle and based on Federal Election Commission data released electronically on Monday, February 19, 2007. …Feel free to distribute or cite this material, but please credit the Center for Responsive Politics.)
Individual contributions $14,797,034 (90.9%)
PAC contributions $1,300,378 (8.0%)
Candidate self-financing $1,000 (0.0%)
Other $186,982 (1.1%)
Remember that the individual contributions included $60,000 from the Soroses. When the Soroses have a $60K dinner with Barack Obama, he probably listens to what they have to say, as opposed to just nodding and grinning as he will doubtlessly do with the two $5 mopes who win his raffle. Now let’s take a look at some details.
BARACK OBAMA (D-IL)Top Contributors
1 Kirkland & Ellis $143,138
2 University of Chicago $139,554
3 Sidley Austin LLP $100,932
4 Henry Crown & Co $79,500
5 Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal $74,950
6 Exelon Corp $71,850
7 Northwestern University $70,430
8 Mayer, Brown et al $69,960
9 Jenner & Block $62,710
10 Soros Fund Management $61,605
11 Goldman Sachs $61,500
12 Clifford Law Offices $59,550
13 Simmons Cooper LLC $58,500
14 Tejas Securities $57,250
15 JP Morgan Chase & Co $56,600
16 Ariel Capital Management $55,650
17 Skadden, Arps et al $54,071
18 Winston & Strawn $52,450
19 Piper Rudnick LLP $45,600
20 Holland Capital Management $43,350
But Barack Obama tells you, the individual whom he is asking for $5 to $25, “When we launched this campaign, we decided not to take the easy money offered by Washington lobbyists and special interest political action committees. Instead, we put our faith in you, and we couldn’t have made a better choice.”
Right: all those entities listed above, with names like Goldman Sachs, Ariel Capital Management, JP Morgan Chase, and of course Soros Fund Management, are ordinary people just like you (although they are admittedly not lobbyists or political action committees). We somehow think that Obama is going to hear the Soros Fund Management’s $61,605 a lot more loudly and clearly than he is going to hear anything you have to say.
We must in fairness report that Obama has so far taken only $3050 from PACs for the 2008 election (which is still not “no money” as reported by Mr. Ploufe, but is admittedly a tiny fraction of the total). Nonetheless, his top twenty contributors for the 2008 elections are as follows:
UBS Americas $162,200
Exelon Corp $159,800
Goldman Sachs $146,100
Sidley Austin LLP $105,750
Jenner & Block $81,322
Jones, Day et al $76,000
Kirkland & Ellis $72,251
Time Warner $63,300
Williams & Connolly $58,350
Harvard University $57,500
Citigroup Inc $56,000
Credit Suisse Securities $47,500
Skadden, Arps et al $43,550
Morgan Stanley $41,850
Level 3 Communications $38,900
Viacom Inc $38,700
Lehman Brothers $38,400
Ariel Capital Management $37,900
Pajcic & Pajcic $36,800
Yep, the above are just “Americans giving whatever they can afford, even $5…” Keep saying it, Barack, there will always be a few people who are credulous enough to believe it. Like P.T. Barnum said, there is one born every minute.
Obama supporters, keep your $5 or spend it on a good movie. George Soros and Allan Houston have your man’s financial needs well covered.