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President Obama's aide failed to disclose $40K payout (shocker: from SEIU)
Politico ^ | 6-28-10 | Jake Sherman

Posted on 06/28/2010 6:30:39 PM PDT by STARWISE

President Barack Obama’s political director failed to disclose that he was slated to receive a nearly $40,000 payout from a large labor union while he was working in the White House.

Patrick Gaspard, who served as the political director for the Service Employees International Union local 1199, received $37,071.46 in “carried over leave and vacation” from the union in 2009, but he did not disclose the agreement to receive the payment on his financial disclosure forms filed with the White House.

In a section on his financial disclosure where agreements or arrangements for payment by a former employer must be disclosed, Gaspard checked a box indicating that he had nothing to report.

Bill Burton, a White House spokesman, told POLITICO Monday that Gaspard was in the process of correcting his disclosure form to reflect that he did in fact have an agreement for severance.

“We have made the small administrative change to this year's and last year's forms to indicate that part of the final payment to Patrick reflected their typical severance of one week of pay for each of his nine years of service at Local 1199 of SEIU,” Burton wrote POLITICO in an e-mailed statement.

Such financial disclosures are governed by federal law, but Stan Brand, a former House general counsel and ethics expert, said the Justice Department is unlikely to pursue an investigation unless they suspected a “knowing or willful” intent to deceive.

Gaspard’s omission is a potentially embarrassing episode for the Obama administration, which has made a high priority of ethics.

“They’ve made ethics a fetish and they have all kinds of people over there with experience, so I don’t know how they missed this one,” Brand said.

Gaspard spent nine years at 1199 SEIU, a major labor union in New York. Gaspard also worked for Obama’s campaign, and later worked for the transition team, where he earned $11,500, according to the financial disclosure form he filed this year. He was pulling a salary from SEIU until Jan. 16, 2009, shortly before Obama was inaugurated.

Gaspard, who made $172,200 in 2009, has from $35,000 to $80,000 in credit card debt and student loans, according to his financial disclosures.

This SEIU payout was first raised in early June by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the top GOP lawmaker on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He sent a letter to the White House asking for information about the payment. They have yet to respond


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: corruption; corruptwhitehouse; cultureofcorrruption; democratcorruption; democrats; doh; gaspard; obama; obamacorruption; patrickgaspard; seiu; sowhatelseisnew; thugocracy; transparency; unioncorruption; unions
Corruption only matters when: IT'S NOT THEM.

Most transparent administration ever ..... ROFL!

1 posted on 06/28/2010 6:30:46 PM PDT by STARWISE
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To: onyx; penelopesire; seekthetruth; television is just wrong; jcsjcm; BP2; Pablo Mac; ...

~~Ping!


2 posted on 06/28/2010 6:31:55 PM PDT by STARWISE ( The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE

Thug Bump


3 posted on 06/28/2010 6:33:26 PM PDT by two23 (Everything About Them Is a Lie)
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To: STARWISE

Move along, nothing to see here. This involves a dem., no harm no foul.


4 posted on 06/28/2010 6:34:17 PM PDT by kezzek
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To: STARWISE

Ethics are for the little people. This isn’t a problem.


5 posted on 06/28/2010 6:34:17 PM PDT by zek157
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To: STARWISE

Clearly an oversight. Any other suggestion is racist on its face. /s>


6 posted on 06/28/2010 6:34:48 PM PDT by HospiceNurse
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To: two23
Thug Bump

...mega Thug Bump

7 posted on 06/28/2010 6:37:10 PM PDT by pointsal
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To: STARWISE

Ping me when this is aired on CNN.


8 posted on 06/28/2010 6:37:54 PM PDT by bgill (how could a young man born here in Kenya, who is not even a native American, become the POTUS)
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To: STARWISE

America being run like the city of Detroit.


9 posted on 06/28/2010 6:38:13 PM PDT by devane617 (VOTE THEM OUT! ALL OF THEM!)
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To: STARWISE
Why does the following post just irritate the crap out of me?

Move along, nothing to see here.

I no longer find it cute or humorous.

10 posted on 06/28/2010 6:39:11 PM PDT by pointsal
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To: bgill

“Ping me when this is aired on CNN.”

I’ll be dead and buried before that ever happens


11 posted on 06/28/2010 6:41:58 PM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: devane617

Chi-town, baby!


12 posted on 06/28/2010 6:42:29 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (I don't have a 'Cousin Pookie'.)
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To: STARWISE

Has he yet hired someone who is ethical....and normal?


13 posted on 06/28/2010 6:45:10 PM PDT by FlyVet
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To: pointsal

The pics of Helen Thomas are no longer cute either...


14 posted on 06/28/2010 6:47:24 PM PDT by devane617 (VOTE THEM OUT! ALL OF THEM!)
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To: kezzek
Move along, nothing to see here. This involves a ^black^ dem., no harm no foul.

There, fixed it.

15 posted on 06/28/2010 6:51:12 PM PDT by erkyl (We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office --Aesop (~550 BC))
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To: All
White House under seige.


PATRICK GASPARD

SEIU's man in the Obama White House is longtime operative Patrick Gaspard. He holds the title of White House political affairs director, the same title Karl Rove held in President Bush's White House. He's the President’s fixer and the man who gets ACORN projects and money. Gaspard once worked for ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis.

Patrick Gaspard’s brother Michael Gaspard works for The Advance Group....ACORN’s registered lobbying organization and also with ACORN’s national spokesman Bertha Lewis. Michael apparently keeps a lower profile than his brother. He does not appear on lobbyist disclosures for The Advance Group NY State. Nonetheless, he works there. Ms. Lewis’s contacts list confirms Michael Gaspard’s employment there.

ACORN Shaun Donovan. Mr. Donovan is HUD Secy. Before that, Mr. Donovan was NYC Commissioner of Dept of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD)---where Donovan worked on affordable housing initiatives----projects right up ACORN’s alley.

ACORN Karine Jean-Pierre is WH liaison for Dept of Labor (headed by latino agitator Hilda Solis). Karine once worked for John Edwards (vertical or horizontal?). She left there to work for Cong Anthony Weiner, then became Barack Obama’s regional political director.

ACORNS EVERYWHERE Senate Finance Committee Study

ACORN comprises a mind-boggling 94 different affiliates, that amounts to "a big shell game," a biting Senate Finance Committee study shows. The study, by the staff of Iowa Republican Charles Grassley, reveals four ACORN charity groups give more than half their revenue to taxable entities that engage in "impermissible lobbying and political activity." ACORN and it’s subsidiaries for decades have moved taxpayer money into their own pockets and into the left-wing Marxist machine.

Sen Charles Grassley's documents show leaders of ACORN community groups transferred several million dollars in charitable and government money-----meant for the poor---- to parts of the group that have political (and sometimes profit-making) missions.

Sen Grassley's documents indicate that ACORN's tax-exempt groups----along with its tangled web of allied organizations---- used more than half their charitable and public money in 2006 to pay other ACORN affiliates.

16 posted on 06/28/2010 6:56:00 PM PDT by Liz
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To: STARWISE

guy made about 4 grand a week and has 35-80k in credit card debt. Of course he works in government!


17 posted on 06/28/2010 7:00:57 PM PDT by calljack (Sometimes your worst nightmare is just a start.)
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To: STARWISE
do I really have to say it???

18 posted on 06/28/2010 7:05:15 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: STARWISE

That puke is right out of “Planet of the Apes”.

LLS


19 posted on 06/28/2010 7:06:10 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer ( WOLVERINES!)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; blueyon; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ...
Thanks STARWISE. Somebody wake me if the "news" programs, or Jon Stewart, or SNL, beats the drum about this and related lack of ethics by Zerobots for the next couple of years.
Patrick Gaspard President Barack Obama's political director failed to disclose that he was slated to receive a nearly $40,000 payout from a large labor union while he was working in the White House. Patrick Gaspard, who served as the political director for the Service Employees International Union local 1199, received $37,071.46 in "carried over leave and vacation" from the union in 2009, but he did not disclose the agreement to receive the payment on his financial disclosure forms filed with the White House. In a section on his financial disclosure where agreements or arrangements for payment by a former employer must be disclosed, Gaspard checked a box indicating that he had nothing to report.

20 posted on 06/28/2010 7:09:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: SunkenCiv

Move along, Citizen...there’s nothing to see here. Shut up, get to work (if you have a job) and pay your taxes. Move along.


21 posted on 06/28/2010 7:14:18 PM PDT by hal ogen ($10 (I think) amounts through the internet from all over the world.)
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To: STARWISE

Don’t tell me the man responsible for all those mesmerizing lies DumBO reads may be frog walked.


22 posted on 06/28/2010 7:15:06 PM PDT by depressed in 06 (2012, the end of our long national nightmare.)
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To: STARWISE

MEMO TO PRESIDENT: Avoid even the appearance of corruption. Accept his resignation immediately.


23 posted on 06/28/2010 7:18:05 PM PDT by Rapscallion (Obama - The anti-American dictator disguised as a President)
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To: hal ogen

We’re being far too hard-assed about this. Who among us hasn’t forgotten about getting a $37K+ payout from a labor union? I’m sure all the SEIU members will be very forgiving about this, what with their sleeping on their overpaid overweight asses these last twenty years.


24 posted on 06/28/2010 7:18:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: devane617
"America being run like the city of Detroit."

If not exactly like Detroit, certainly by folks with the same skills and abilities...

25 posted on 06/28/2010 7:20:08 PM PDT by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: pointsal
Why does the following post just irritate the crap out of me?

Because you're a tad uptight and have picked one out of hundreds of currently popular phrases ("Under the Bus" anyone?) to make a snarky point about, when your ire could as easily be directed in countless directions, maybe?

26 posted on 06/28/2010 7:20:37 PM PDT by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: STARWISE

Local 1199 of the SEIU was the old Communist Party founded and led Local 1199 of the Hospital Workers Union, NY City, led by red Leon Davis (never publicly identified as a member of the CPUSA, his record of support for their operations left no doubt in anyone’s mind as to where his loyalties, or disloyalties, lay).

Gaspard is another hardcore leftist brought into the White House.

Check him out at www.newzeal.blogspot.com


27 posted on 06/28/2010 7:34:17 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: STARWISE

Given the sheer amount of ethics waivers this lamearse Jack Squat Administration has handed out, this is a no biggie.....just ask WhiteHouseCourtJesterGibbs, etc. =.=


28 posted on 06/28/2010 7:42:30 PM PDT by cranked
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To: STARWISE

“Gaspard’s omission is a potentially embarrassing episode for the Obama administration, which has made a high priority of ethics.”

Thirty percent of Obama’s 800 billion dollar “stimulus package” went to government union pension benefit funds. Obama improperly used TARP funds to nationalize the auto industry and give a big stake to the union thugs that bankrupted GM and Chrysler. He’s deliberately sabotaging our economy by sneaking through 3000 page legislation like “Cap and Trade” and “Health Care Reform” at three in the morning.

And now some MSM flunkies are holding out this little piece of crap as an example of “a potentially embarrassing episode for the Obama administration”, which has “made ethics a fetish “?

Give me a break. This story was probably leaked by Obama’s public relations people.


29 posted on 06/28/2010 7:43:11 PM PDT by haroldeveryman
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To: Liz; All

I knew there was more .. thanks, Liz ..! I believe he’s also been labeled Valerie Jarrett’s fixer .. meaning .. y’know .. he knows how to twist arms and bend the outcome care of inconvenient situations.

In other words = union thug.

~~~~~~~~~

Meet Obama’s Karl Rove

Excerpt:

But Gaspard, a “smooth operator,” according to one DNC political organizer, is not shy about wading into a fight. In 2009, he famously leaned on New York Governor David Paterson to abandon plans to run for election this fall, imparting word in no uncertain terms that the White House had lost confidence in his ability to win.

Paterson rebuffed him, only to be forced to drop his campaign amid a hail of negative publicity in February. (There are no hard feelings, a close friend of the governor told The Daily Beast.)

Just before Election Day 2009, Republican Dede Scozzafava, trailing in the polls in a three-way special election campaign in New York’s 23rd District, dropped out—frustrated over the national GOP support that flowed to Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman.

Democrat Bill Owens was adrift in the polls. Gaspard phoned Scozzafava—and within 24 hours, she endorsed the Democrat. Gaspard “was terrific,” says Dan Cantor, executive director of New York’s progressive Working Families Party, who has known Gaspard for many years. “And we won.”

Heading into November, Gaspard will oversee where and how the administration throws its weight around. Naturally, the Obama White House is not lacking in political opinions. David Axelrod, the lugubrious keeper of the Obama message, David Plouffe, the baby-faced campaign manager turned voice of Organizing for America, and Rahm Emanuel, who perfected his belligerence as 2006 chairman of the DCCC, all have outsize political footprints.

The president himself told Gaspard during campaign season: “I’m going to think I’m a better political director than my political director.”

Nevertheless, Gaspard, who holds the job occupied most recently by Karl Rove, is one of the most powerful men in American politics.

His team, along with deputy chief of staff Jim Messina and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, handles most of the incoming pleas from the numerous candidates and constituencies in search of political TLC. “He builds relationships; he puts out fires; he identifies fires when they’re about to start; he’s a sounding board for the president whenever something is happening,” says the DNC organizer, who has worked with Gaspard on events and messaging. “And he’s just never rattled.”

For 10 years as executive vice president of the influential Service Employees International Union’s 1199 chapter, Gaspard taught a master class in influence within New York City.

“There is no political office in New York that did not feel his impact, and many of them owe their careers to him,” says one organizer affiliated with a progressive labor party.

His circle of allies range from New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to key SEIU health-care broker Dennis Rivera, to Joe Bruno—the Republican former head of the New York State Senate recently convicted of fraud.

Since his early days working for candidates like Jesse Jackson and David Dinkins, and organizing protests in the wake of the 1999 Amadou Diallo shooting, Gaspard has been deemed a “liberal creep” by conservative Michelle Malkin for his ties to the now-defunct ACORN operation.

He’s also built a reputation as a “lethal,” “bulldoggish” organizer. “His forte was getting feet on the ground and working at the grassroots—for or against you,” says Rep. Gregory Meeks of New York. “You wanted Patrick on your side.”

So, too, did candidate Obama. After months of trying, he recruited Gaspard in August 2008, both as a link to the labor movement and to what had been Hillary Clinton’s home turf.

Obama appreciated Gaspard’s loyalty to SEIU (he recently turned down a plum job there to remain in government), his commitment to organizing, and his comparatively exotic family history—Gaspard was born in then-Zaire to Haitian expatriates.

And like Obama, he builds easy bridges to different demographics. “People can relate to him, old and young,” says Meeks. The 41-year-old organizer “understands civil rights and he understands hip-hop.”

http://madayo.com/2010/06/06/meet-obamas-karl-rove/


30 posted on 06/28/2010 7:44:07 PM PDT by STARWISE ( The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE

$40,000 in vacation and leave? He worked for 40 years and didn’t take his weeks vacation for all of those 40 years?

C’mon! Seriously. Who has $40,000 in vaction time? It’s BS. It’s a payoff/gift.


31 posted on 06/28/2010 7:46:31 PM PDT by Mere Survival (Mere Survival: The new American Dream)
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To: devane617; pointsal

Move along, nothing to see here.

Hehe. Couldn't resist.

32 posted on 06/28/2010 7:50:15 PM PDT by Mere Survival (Mere Survival: The new American Dream)
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To: pointsal

It annoys me,too. I’m glad you brought it up.


33 posted on 06/28/2010 8:01:02 PM PDT by Exit148 (Loose Change Club Founder. Save your pennies for the next Freepathon. A little goes a long way!)
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To: STARWISE

And the severance pay was for what reason? My understanding of severance is that you are laid off due to company downsizing. Did he get a severance because he left SEIU for a job in the Obama administration?

That’s theft of taxpayers money if that is the case. I would love to leave one job and go to another and receive compensation for it......


34 posted on 06/28/2010 8:18:30 PM PDT by jcsjcm (American Patriot - follow the Constitution and in God we Trust - Laus Deo)
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To: STARWISE
In a section on his financial disclosure where agreements or arrangements for payment by a former employer must be disclosed, Gaspard checked a box indicating that he had nothing to report.

“We have made the small administrative change to this year's and last year's forms ... "

It must be nice to make enough money where forgetting about an extra $37,000+ of income would be considered a small administrative error.

35 posted on 06/28/2010 8:25:48 PM PDT by mellow velo
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To: devane617
America being run like the city of Detroit.

Actually Mayor Bing isn't doing a bad job. I'd say America is being run like Chicago...and the mob.

36 posted on 06/28/2010 8:30:08 PM PDT by madison10
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To: STARWISE

With all the info you posted, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him mixed up in the Sestak affair.


37 posted on 06/28/2010 9:12:46 PM PDT by CriticalJ (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress.. But then I repeat myself. MT)
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To: STARWISE

Apparently you believe the sheeple care.


38 posted on 06/28/2010 9:21:42 PM PDT by arrogantsob
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To: CriticalJ

Bingo!

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Pennsylvania Democrats could end up wishing they left Arlen Specter alone. The MSM is not going to be a White House ally on this one as the Washington Post, and CBS and MSNBC are covering it.

Eric Holder’s dodge of Dan Issa’s questions coupled with Robert Gibb’s evassions this week lead one to conclude there’e a there, there. Administration talking points are making it look like Sestak is the one telling the truth.

So whom would have made that call to Sestak?

The most likely person to have made such a call to Sestak would have been WH Political Director Patrick Gaspard.

It was Gaspard whom brokered the deal to secure in the NY-23 special election last fall. It is Gaspard who is trying to strong arm David Patterson out of the New York race for governor.

President Obama is certain to see a kindred spirit in Gaspard with his ties to SEIU and ACORN. And why not? Gaspard is an extremely skilled and well connected operative, a man the President badly needs this fall and beyond.

http://www.gettingpaidtowatch.com/2010/05/22/obama-watch-how-long-will-joe-sestaks-accusations-that-the-obama-administration-attempted-to-bribe-him-stay-in-the-news/


39 posted on 06/28/2010 9:39:32 PM PDT by STARWISE ( The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE
Gaspard’s omission is a potentially embarrassing episode for the Obama administration, which has made a high priority of ethics.

AHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHA! I needed a good laugh tonight.

40 posted on 06/28/2010 11:05:24 PM PDT by Carling (Remember November)
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To: Carling

Just a sidesplitter, isn’t it ?

They think we’re so stupid ..


41 posted on 06/28/2010 11:07:10 PM PDT by STARWISE ( The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE
Gaspard’s omission is a potentially embarrassing episode for the Obama administration, which has made a high priority of ethics.
How can anyone possibly write such a sentence without putting </sarcasm> after it?
42 posted on 06/28/2010 11:17:13 PM PDT by Bob
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To: STARWISE
Most transparent administration ever ..... ROFL!

Hoisted on their own gaspard.

43 posted on 06/28/2010 11:40:26 PM PDT by rfp1234
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To: bgill
Ping me when this is aired on CNN.

Yeah, on the newly-hired Client No. 9's show.

44 posted on 06/28/2010 11:42:55 PM PDT by rfp1234
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To: mellow velo

The dates listed in the story make it look like he was double dipping. How could he earn $172,200 in 2009 and “also worked for Obama’s campaign, and later worked for the transition team”? Most of his 2009 money must have come from White House job but still Obama was running for president in 2008.


45 posted on 06/29/2010 7:13:02 AM PDT by Tspud1
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