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Did Barack Obama violate federal election laws by announcing a raffle while in the White House?

June 28, 2011

  It is being reported in this story that Barack Obama may have violated federal election laws by filming a video for his re-election campaign in the White House.

In the video, President Obama promotes a “Dinner With Barack” raffle. To participate in the contest you need to donate at least $5 to the president’s re-election campaign and your name will be raffled off to enjoy a dinner with the President, airfare and accommodations included

  The White House is denying that this was a violation of election laws because the “raffle” is not considered to be fundraising.

A presidential spokesman said that the video does not constitute fundraising under the law, that portions of the White House can legally be used for that purpose anyway, and that previous presidents have done so

  I find it hard to believe that a “raffle” in which the proceeds go to a re-election campaign is not considered fundraising under federal law, but taking Barack Obama at his word, and conceding the point that portions of the White House can legally be used to fundraise just in case it is ruled that this does constitute fundraising, does this make it any less offensive?

  Even if no laws were broken it is still in extremely bad taste to conduct a national raffle anywhere in the White House and should be considered beneath the office of the president. Think about this for a minute; Barack Obama has decided to hold a raffle for the privilege of having dinner with the president, and the announcement was made in the White House. Is this really the level he has stooped to in his bid to hold onto power?

 I can’t even put into words how disgraceful I find this to be.

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. June 28, 2011 8:50 pm

    Seems like Democrats get into these troubles. Remember John Woo and Hillary Clinton?

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    • June 28, 2011 9:24 pm

      I sure do!

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  2. Otis P. Driftwood permalink
    June 28, 2011 8:59 pm

    Here’s another word to add to all of the negative descriptions attributed to obama – tacky.

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    • June 28, 2011 9:25 pm

      Tacky! That is the perfect word to describe these actions.

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    • June 29, 2011 12:03 am

      Extremely, and classless.

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      • June 29, 2011 6:08 am

        And tasteless.

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  3. bunkerville permalink
    June 29, 2011 9:41 am

    I am curious where the Dinner will be held. The East Room? I agree “tacky” is the operative word.

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    • June 29, 2011 8:37 pm

      Possibly illegal also!

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  4. June 29, 2011 1:08 pm

    Tacky is being kind. I believe he did viloate election laws. But do you really think anything will happen? Of course not.

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    • June 29, 2011 8:38 pm

      He very well could have violated the law, but as you said nothing will happen to him.

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  5. June 29, 2011 2:35 pm

    Next up: raffles for a night in the Lincoln bedroom.

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    • June 29, 2011 8:38 pm

      Didn’t someone try that before? 🙂

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  6. rjace52 permalink
    June 29, 2011 2:38 pm

    If it’s with Michelle, I pass! Unless it’s Michelle Bachman! 😉

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    • June 29, 2011 8:39 pm

      I’ll second that!

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  7. satt1313 permalink
    June 30, 2011 7:13 am

    The administration is morally bankrupt. They are in full campaign mode and will pull out all the stops.

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    • June 30, 2011 8:39 pm

      Obama feels as if he is above the law. He has never stopped campaigning and now that it looks like his fundraising is down there is no level he will not stoop to.

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