The Guccifer 2.0 document leak on Tuesday, September 13th contained documents and lists of donations from high ranking and wealthy members of companies towards the OFA, Organizing for Action — a non-partisan community organization for the policies of Barack Obama, and the DNC (Democratic National Committee.)
All of the donations made in the lists we’ve seen happened in and prior to November 28th 2008 — before and immediately after Barack Obama was elected president for his first term.
Most of these high ranking and rich people all have something in common: they all received important political positions or ambassadorships soon after their donation, during Barack Obama’s term. All of these donations were made to the DNC and OFA: the Democratic Party, and Obama’s biggest organization, respectively.
This seems to all but implicate the DNC and Obama in giving positions of power and influence around the globe — through ambassadorships and other domestic political positions — to those who pay the price. This would suggest that the DNC and Obama used a “pay to play” system essentially, giving those who wanted the position and were willing to pay for it, or those who had paid and were willing to take it, a spot.
Here’s a list of the top donors and their future positions to illustrate what I’m talking about:
#1 Matthew Berzun — Ambassador to UK
#2 Julius Genachowski — Former chairman to FCC
#3 Frank Sanchez — Under secretary of commerce
#8 Kirk Wagner — Ambassador to Singapore
#9 Alan Solomont — Ambassador to Spain
#11 John Roos — Ambassador to Japan
#12 Nicole Avant — Ambassador to Bahamas
#13 Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe — Ambassador to the UN
#16 Steve Westly – CFO of California
#17 Don Beyer – Ambassador to Switzerland
#21 Don Gips – Ambassador to South Africa
#22 Howard Gutman – Ambassador to Belgium
#24 Cynthia Stroum – Ambassador to Luxembourg
#27 Mark Gilbert – Ambassador to New Zealand
#31 Norm Eisen – Ambassador to Czech Republic
#37 Bruce Oreck – Ambassador to Finland
#43 Tony West – Deputy Attorney General
#45 Bill Kennard – Ambassador to EU
You can view more detailed can be found here if you wish to look at total donation amount and tenure of position and here if you wish to look at the donation amount by organization as well as prior job information.
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