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    Give him your cell phones and your money

    Give him your cell phones and your money

    No cell phones for you at Obama fundraisers.

    Via BuzzFeed Politics:

    In the latest attempt to crack down on potentially embarrassing digital leaks from presidential fundraisers, President Barack Obama’s campaign has begun asking donors attending small fundraisers with the president to turn over their cell phones before entering.

    Pool reporter David Nakamura of the Washington Post reported that at a $35,800 a head fundraiser at the home of Blackstone COO Hamilton “Tony” James in New York City Monday night, the 60 attendees were asked to place their phones in plastic bags by the door.

    An Obama aide called the move it “standard operating procedure,” but veterans of a range of other campaigns said they’d never heard of the practice, which is common in secure White House spaces where there are concerns of espionage, but unknown in contexts in which only political secrets are discussed. The new prevalence of sophisticated audio and recording capacities in mobile devices owned by virtually anyone wealthy enough to write a check to a political campaign, however, has put a new pressure on campaigns concerned with staying on a public message.

    The fundraising sessions are one of the last vestige of privacy for the president outside of the White House, and a rare opportunity for top donors to hear relatively unscripted remarks by the most powerful man in the world, and to ask him questions. Obama’s prepared remarks at the events are open press and covered by a small group of reporters, but the “press pool” is escorted out of the room before the Q&A period.

    At Romney fundraisers, attendees are greeted to signs of “Please, no audio or video recording,” and like Obama events, larger fundraisers are open to reporters; a Romney spokesperson, however, told BuzzFeed that their campaign allows donors to keep their phones during fundraisers.

    Former aides to presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Rick Perry, and Jon Huntsman all expressed surprise at the practice, and they’ve never seen an instance where a campaign asked donors to surrender their cell phones.

    I wonder why Obama is so paranoid about cell phones at campaign fundraisers.

    It’s not like he would say something in private that he would not say in public which might contradict the image he seeks to project:


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    This is advance damage control on the part of the Obama Campaign. It’s for a REASON:

    The donors are getting nervous about Obama’s motives given his horrendous failure as an executive over the past 3+ years. They thought they were electing a Liberal Radical (which they did, just not as Liberal or as Radical as they thought). They wanted “single payor” and they got “Obamacare;” they wanted Wall St. torn down and they got “Dodd-Frank;” They wanted the Banks and Credit Card Companies forced to do business without profit, and they (barely) got the “Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.”

    Obama gives his canned, prepared speech, then answers in a much more Liberal manner during the Q&A sessions, likely detailing more thoroughly exactly what he actually thinks. With the donations being as high as they are, if you don’t have a chance of actually catching it on a recording, there really isn’t any reason to go. You can report on the answers, but the doubting Thomas’ in the public won’t believe it until they hear it with their own ears and see it with their own eyes.

    LukeHandCool | May 16, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Of course, if you choose not to surrender your phone after coughing up $35,000, you will be accomodated … with special accomodations …

    pst314 | May 16, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    “religion or antipathy towards people who aren’t like them”

    Would that be why Obama joined a church notorious for its anti-white, anti-American vitriol? 😉

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