Want to work for President Obama? Pay up!
This blog reports that 19 ambassador nominees paid $4.8 million for President Obama’s campaign and inauguration.
This sounds like a “pay to play” program. A friend who worked in a journalist in Detroit tells me of something similar: if you wanted an audience with then-mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, you had to first pay Kilpatrick’s father something like $10,000–a gatekeeper fee, if you will.
Before I pass judgment on the president for this, I wonder if this is common for presidents to do? Anybody care to enlighten me?