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Obama Rewards Rich Donors with State Dinner at Taxpayers Expense

Posted by FactReal on March 16, 2012

One more example of Obama’s duplicitous behavior
Obama ran on changing the culture in Washington. He promised a clean break from the “broken politics in Washington. He campaigned on bringing “the most sweeping ethics reform in history.” He criticizes the role of money in politics and the donors’ pay-for-special-access in the federal government.

Obama vilifies “rich people” publicly, while he praises and parties with them privately.

This past Wednesday, Obama rewarded his mega donors and bundlers (who collect money by the truckload from the wealthy elite) with a fancy party veiled as a state dinner for British Prime Minister David Cameron. (Remember the Queen is the U.K. head of state, not Cameron. Cameron was used simply as an Obama campaign prop.)

ABC provided a list of Obama’s top donors at the “state dinner”:

More than three dozen of President Obama’s top re-election campaign financiers were guests at Wednesday night’s White House state dinner in honor of British Prime Minister David Cameron.

They include Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, media mogul Fred Eychaner, Pfizer executive Sally Susman, Stoneyfield Farms president and CEO Gary Hirschberg, and Microsoft executives Suzi Levine and John Frank. Several have each raised more than half a million dollars for 2012, according to estimates provided by Obama’s campaign.

Here’s the full list of donors attending Wednesday night’s dinner, including the range of their contribution and employer, as listed by the Obama campaign:
• Gerald Acker, Huntington Woods, Mich. – $200,000-$500,000 (Goodman Acker PC)
• Mark Alderman, Bryn Mawr, Pa. – $200,000-$500,000 (Cozen & O’Connor)
• Jean-Phillipe Austin, Miami, Fla. – $200,000-$500,000 (Physician)
• Matthew Barzun, Louisville, Ky. – $500,000+ (Brickpath LLC)
• Tom and Andrea Bernstein, New York, N.Y. – $500,000+ (Chelsea Piers Mgmt)
• Neil Bluhm, Chicago, Ill. – $200,000-$500,000 (Walton Street Capital)
• Wally Brewster, Jr., and Robert Satawake, Chicago, Ill. – $200,000-$500,000 (General Growth Properties/Keller Williams Realty)
• Jim Crown, Chicago, Ill. – $200,000-$500,000 (Henry Crown & Co)
• John Crumpler, Durham, N.C. – $500,000+ (Hatteras Venture Architects)
• Meredith DeWitt, Harvard, Mass. – $200,000-$500,000 (Political Consultant)
• Fred Eychaner, Chicago, Ill. – $500,000+ (Newsweb Corp)
• Joseph Falk, Miami, Fla. – $200,000-$500,000 (Akerman, Senterfitt & Eidson)
• Rajiv Kumar Fernando, Chicago, Ill. – $200,000-$500,000 (Chopper Trading)
• John Frank, Bellevue, Wash. — $500,000+ (Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft,)
• William Freeman, Nashville, Tenn. – $100,000-$200,000 (Freeman Webb Co)
• Lou Frillman, Seattle, Wash. – $200,000-$500,000 (GVA Marquette Advisors/Financial Designs Ltd)
• Anthony Gardner, Washington, D.C. – $200,000-$500,000 (Palamon Captial Partners)
• Chad Griffin, Los Angeles, Calif. – $100,000-$200,000 (Chad Griffin Consulting)
• Samuel Heins and Stacey Mills, Wayzata, Minn. – $200,000-$500,000 (Heins, Mills & Olson)
• Don Hinkle, Tallahassee, Fla. – $100,000-$200,000 (Hinkle & Foran)
• Gary Hirshberg, Concord, N.H. – $100,000-$200,00 (Stonyfield Farm)
• Barry Karas, Los Angeles, Calif. – $500,000+ (Perlman & Assoc/Actor)
• Janet Keller, Laguna Beach, Calif. – $200,000-$500,000 (Consultant)
• Charlie Kireker, Weybridge, Vt. – $200,000-$500,000 (Twin Birches)
• Orin Kramer, New York, N.Y. – $500,000+ (Boston Provident)
• Mai Lassiter, Los Angeles, Calif. – $200,000-$500,000 (Overbrook Entertainment)
• Suzi Levine, Seattle, Wash. – $200,000-$500,000 (Microsoft)
• Joe Liemandt, Austin, Texas – $100,000-$200,000 (Trilogy Enterprises Inc)
• James Murray, Keene, Va. – $100,000-$200,000 (Greenbriar Square Property Management)
• Susan Ness, Bethesda, Md. – $200,000-$500,000 (Susan Ness Strategies)
• Michael Monroe Parham, Seattle, Wash. – $500,000+ (Realnetworks Inc)
• Carol Pensky, Washington, D.C. – $200,000-$500,000 (Retired)
• Ellen Richman, Greenwich, Conn. – $50,000-$100,000 (Richman Group)
• John Scully, San Francisco, Calif. – $50,000-$100,000 (Spo Partners & Co)
• Diana Shaw Clark, Washington, D.C. – $100,000-$200,000 (Writer)
• Jay Snyder, New York, N.Y. – $200,000-$500,000 (HBJ Investments)
• Sally Susman, New York, N.Y. – $500,000+ (Pfizer Inc)
• John and Sandi Thompson, Woodside, Calif. – $200,000-$500,000 (Fenwick & West)
• George Tsunis, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. – $200,000-$500,000 (Chartwell Hotels)
• Harvey Weinstein, New York, N.Y. – $500,000+ (Weinstein Co) [Hollywood producer]
• Anna Wintour, New York, N.Y. — $500,000+ (Editor-in-Chief, Vogue Magazine)


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