Is this ethical or even legal?Submitted by joeneesima on Wed, 06/29/2011 - 10:30
Obama pushing behind scenes to win over big-dollar donors
To do so, Obama and his aides are leveraging every asset available to a sitting president — from access to top West Wing officials to a possible food tasting with the White House chef. [Does the chef work privately for Obama or is he a government employee?]
They reject media speculation that the effort could reach or exceed $1 billion — perhaps sensitive to the potentially awkward image of waging such a costly campaign at a time of national austerity. Instead, officials seek to focus attention on the quest for small-dollar Internet donations, which helped spur success four years ago.
Recent e-mail appeals, for instance, offered $5 givers the chance through a raffle to have dinner with Obama. On Monday, the campaign added Vice President Biden to the mix, distributing a video in which the president describes the affair as “dinner with Barack and Joe.” [Besides being nauseating, is any of this ethical for a sitting president?]