Skip to comments.Should the White House be Used for Meetings of DNC Operatives?
Posted on 05/13/2011 8:42:08 AM PDT by Kaslin
The White House visitor logs reveal a lot of things. For example, there are a heckuva lot of people that like to bowl at the White House lanes. Also, Richard Trumka had an Oval Office meeting with the president on October 4th, two days after the unions One Nation Working Together event. Who knew a representative of the middle class was such a high roller, as my grandfather used to say.
The logs also reveal three POTUS meetings with Organizing for America, the community organizing arm of the Democratic National Committee. OFA of course had previously been Obama for America, the presidents campaign committee.
Two of the meetings are listed as OFA TAPING in the logs. Several new media and video people are listed as participants.
A DC Insider with White House experience told me this is not unusual. My source said its often easier to bring film crews into the White House complex, as opposed to having the president go to them. While I dont think the White House should be used for such purposes, it makes sense from a logistical and security perspective, I suppose.
But a December 15 meeting, listed as OFA VOLUNTEER MEETING caught my eye.
The day after, Politico reported that it was a meeting between the president and party volunteers to essentially survey the carnage following the November election.
President Obama will meet at the White House today with seven Organizing for America volunteers for what's billed as a Report to the President on the midterms, DNC spokeswoman Lynda Tran told POLITICO.
The Politico article (innocently) gives the impression that this was a group of lowly citizens giving their feedback to their dear leader.
It was anything but.
According to the logs, 8 OFA/DNC professional operatives were at the meeting. They were Lucas Fleischer, DNC Creative Director; William Gordon, DNC Online Tools Manager; David Grossman, a Rapid Response Video Producer; Tiina Knuutila, Senior Video Producer for the New Media Team at DNC/OFA; Jessica Livoti, Online Activist Manager, OFA/DNC; Matthew Lubin, Media Administrator, DNC; Reed Petty, DNC Media Center Director; and Brad Schenck, a Region Field Director for Organizing for America.
No names of common-folk volunteers could be found.
According to the logs, the caller or point person was Tara Corrigan, executive assistant to then-Political Director Patrick Gaspard. Gaspard has since left to be the Executive Director of the DNC.
Does it matter that the supposed OFA volunteers were actually operatives for a political party, or that inaccurate details were given to Politico?
Is this just one of those unspoken-yet-routine occurrences? The same DC insider told me the White House is not used for this purpose.
While this doesnt rise to the level of Bill Clintons coffees, overnights and other fundraising activities in the White House, it should give cause for concern that the White House is being used for inappropriate political party events.
“We won,” we can do as we please; suck it up. =.=
Wonder if the WH is bugged?.
They’ll do what they want. Who’s going to stop them? Our Attorney General? He won’t even stop thugs from threatening Caucasians from voting booths. Don’t forget . . . it’s “payback Whitey” time.
Remember the White House being used for political purposes is only in bad taste IF a Republican is President. It is just fine and really what the people want, if a Democrat is in office.
Sure, why not? Probably one of the least disgusting things going on there right now.