Lobbyists Comfy in Obama White House

Media coverage ignores Obama’s cozy relationship with lobbyists and shattered promises of transparency
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The implication that lobbyists have seen their influence wane under President Barack Obama is belied by the facts.

Obama Bundler Earmarked Stimulus Money for Donors

This is what Obama’s democracy looks like
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A top campaign contributor to former Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.)—the Obama bundler who once registered, then deregistered, and now “never” registered as a lobbyist for Spirit Airlines—won stimulus grants and contracts worth nearly $18.5 million, White House records show.

Ron Klein “never a lobbyist”

Klein updated registration form

Former Rep. Ron Klein (D., Fla.) was “never a lobbyist,” according to an amended lobbyist registration document filed Thursday with the Senate Office of Public Records.

‘I Am Not a Lobbyist,’ Says Registered Lobbyist

Former Rep. Ron Klein raised for Obama, despite lobbyist “ban”
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Former Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.) is an active campaign bundler for President Obama, having raised between $200,000 and $500,000, according to campaign records. He is also a registered federal lobbyist.