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Obama campaign nixes cell phones at some fundraisers
Yahoo! News ^ | May 14, 2012 | Olivier Knox

Posted on 05/14/2012 7:24:17 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

You have to turn off your cell phone on an airplane, but at least you get to keep it. That's not the case when high-flying donors pony up for first-class access to hear President Barack Obama at exclusive fundraisers -- his campaign takes the devices away. So much for live-tweeting or videotaping Obama's pitch.

The Washington Post's David Nakamura -- the "pool" print journalist representing his colleagues and reporting back to them on Obama's trip to New York -- noticed the practice as the president wooed group of about 60 wealthy contributors Monday at the home of Hamilton "Tony" James, president and chief operating officer of Blackstone Group, a large private equity firm. Each of the attendees had shelled out $35,800.

Here's how Nakamura described the scene:

Dozens of guests, men in suits and women in dresses and pant suits, were seated around elegant tables eating dinner in two adjoining rooms. They were sitting on gold colored dining chairs with green seat cushions, and the table cloths had a gold flowered design. Oil artwork in ornate gold frames hung on the wall. It appeared when we came in that staff had confiscated cell phones, which were stored in plastic bags.

"Plastic bags?" Yep.An Obama campaign aide described the practice as "standard operating procedure for the fundraisers at private residences." and noted that "guests get a photo from the photoline." The aide, who requested anonymity, said the rules are different at regular events (like rallies) or fundraisers in public venues.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cellphones; fundraiserinchief; obama; obamafundraisers

1 posted on 05/14/2012 7:24:24 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Can't have those pesky pictures or sound recordings popping up on Youtube.
2 posted on 05/14/2012 7:26:11 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Julia: another casualty of the "War on Poverty")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Spy pen.


3 posted on 05/14/2012 7:32:02 PM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est; zero sera dans l'enfer bientot.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Wasn’t there an article recently about cops that use some sort of scanner to download info from a cellphone...say during a traffic stop?

Think of all the cell phone numbers O’s digital campaign team can send texts to...once they’ve scanned the “hostage” phones...


4 posted on 05/14/2012 7:32:44 PM PDT by moovova (OBAMA: The first US President to come out of the closet.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Cell phones?

Or cameras?


5 posted on 05/14/2012 7:33:47 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Vote for the straight guy.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

So much for “the most transparent administration in history.”


6 posted on 05/14/2012 7:33:59 PM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

SSSSHHHHH! When BHO speaks...everybody listen. No breathing, coughing or sneezing allowed. No photos, eating or drinking while he’s speaking.

I wonder how this jackass would feel if they took his teleprompters away. The jerk would stand there for one hour looking like a deer caught in headlights. What a useless piece of poop he is. Pathetic.


7 posted on 05/14/2012 7:34:21 PM PDT by mardi59 (THE REBELLION IS ON!!!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I'd probably do the same thing. In the recent past, no one could sneak a hidden camera into such a meeting (well, excepting maybe 007); today, everyone has a movie camera, and their own network to broadcast it (Youtube, etc.) Only peeping toms, and snoopy servants would have been able to observe a meeting in a private home. We have the technology today; but, does that justify any and all uses?
8 posted on 05/14/2012 7:34:59 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I guess I will cancel all my RVSPs to Obongo fund raisers until he lifts the ban...... that’l show’em!


9 posted on 05/14/2012 7:37:32 PM PDT by GregoTX (Federalist)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Pocket-sized tape recorders work great!


10 posted on 05/14/2012 7:44:36 PM PDT by MamaDearest
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He’s afraid of another “bitter clingers” moment being captured. That is to say, he’s afraid that he may be recorded expressing is real beliefs.


11 posted on 05/14/2012 8:01:38 PM PDT by jtal (Runnin' a World in Need with White Folks' Greed - since 1492)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

cant have racist jokes, drug use, and comments about the peasants showing up on Youtube and Facebook..


12 posted on 05/14/2012 8:31:12 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Do I really need a /s tag?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

cant have racist jokes, drug use, and comments about the peasants showing up on Youtube and Facebook..


13 posted on 05/14/2012 8:31:19 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Do I really need a /s tag?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

They don’t want anymore raw recordings or videos showing the idiot when he wanders away from the teleprompter program and starts his inane adlib mumblings.


14 posted on 05/14/2012 8:33:56 PM PDT by Iron Munro (If Repubbies paid as much attention to Rush as the 'Rats we wouldn't be in this mess)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Hidden vid sound cameras go for $100 to $300 now. Heck, they sneak them in North Korea.,


15 posted on 05/14/2012 8:41:59 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Romney is a liberal. Just watch him closely try to screw us.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
This should do the trick......



Pen camera
16 posted on 05/14/2012 9:45:49 PM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He doesn’t want a repeat of the “guns and religion” video.


17 posted on 05/14/2012 10:14:16 PM PDT by 4buttons
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To: jtal

You’re right, though I’m sure at this point what he is saying is much worse than the “bitter clingers” bit. He is probably talking about whatever he wanted Medvedev to talk to Putin about...


18 posted on 05/15/2012 2:31:36 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I'm sure this wouldn't look out of place at one of his fundraisers:

Rechargeable 2MP Pin-hole Spy AV Camera Disguised as Car Keychain--$26.35 at DealExtreme

I have a generic key fob camera/mic for $12 from them, works pretty well.

19 posted on 05/15/2012 3:04:46 AM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Der Fuhrer was also very picky about who took his picture.
20 posted on 05/15/2012 4:17:17 AM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: mikey_hates_everything
You use that thing in the White House & I imagine we will go to DefCon 3 immediately & automatically.
21 posted on 05/15/2012 4:21:38 AM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Plastic bags?" Yep.An Obama campaign aide described the practice as "standard operating procedure for the fundraisers at private residences." and noted that "guests get a photo from the photoline." The aide, who requested anonymity, said the rules are different at regular events (like rallies) or fundraisers in public venues.

Orwellian cowards.

Only a fool gives money to these damn Stalinists.

22 posted on 05/15/2012 5:21:27 AM PDT by Prole (Please pray for the families of Chris and Channon. May God always watch over them)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Cell phones?

Or cameras?


Yes, yes, and voice recorders (my cheapo phone does that also).

Doesn’t want any “bitter clinger” moments again, does he?


23 posted on 05/15/2012 5:50:31 AM PDT by Peet (Everything has an end -- only the sausage has two.)
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