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Is this ethical or even legal?

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?]


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Of course its not ethical or legal, but what IS?

Of course its not ethical or legal, but what IS? This issue was raised the 1990s when Algore was accused of selling the Lincoln bedroom for donations. Lots of accusations, lots of outrage, but no convictions. And now, a decade later, probably the same ex-Clinton aides are now Obama aides, doing the green thing by recycling old fundraising ideas...

"Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"