On Monday, White House press secretary Jay Carney denied that there was a “set price” via President Obama’s old campaign organization, Organizing for Action, to meet the President. “The White House sets the president’s schedule,” said Carney. “And there is no price to meet with the president.” But Carney hedged, of course:
As you know, Organizing for Action was set up to promote the president’s public policy agenda. Therefore, as anyone would expect, the president would likely meet with their representatives to discuss his agenda. But again, any notion that there’s a price for meeting with the president is simply wrong.
In other words, OFA can offer access to the president, but not guarantee it; the White House can offer access to donors, but can’t guarantee it; therefore, there’s no coordination. “Supporters have shown interest in taking a part in OFA because they believe in the president’s agenda,” said OFA spokeswoman Katie Hogan, “no one has been promised access to the president.”
Even groups like Common Cause are now at war with OFA, suggesting that Obama’s conflict of interest here is beyond the pale. They’re right. But don’t look for Obama’s Justice Department to open any investigations.
Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the book “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013).