Today WaPo published an article detailing the relationship of billionaire bundlers quietly funneling money into the Obama campaign.
While some of these individuals are typical Democratic supporters other are much more controversial.
But those with wealth and power also have played a critical role in creating Obama’s record-breaking fundraising machine, and their generosity has earned them a prominent voice in shaping his campaign. Seventy-nine “bundlers,” five of them billionaires, have tapped their personal networks to raise at least $200,000 each. They have helped the campaign recruit more than 27,000 donors to write checks for $2,300, the maximum allowed. Donors who have given more than $200 account for about half of Obama’s total haul, which stands at nearly $240 million. Obama’s success in assembling bundlers offers another perspective on a campaign that promotes itself as a grass-roots effort. [emphasis mine]
While the senator from Illinois has had unprecedented success generating small donations, many made online, the work of bundlers first signaled the seriousness of his candidacy a year ago […]
Several on Obama’s list at least appear to have interests in conflict with his platform.
[…]There is the billionaire casino developer who plans to put a slot parlor in Philadelphia; Obama has decried gambling for its steep “moral and social cost.” And there is the director of General Dynamics, the military supplier that has seen profits soar since the onset of the Iraq war and that has benefited from at least one Obama earmark. […]
Is Barack Obama exactly what he seems or is he a manufactured candidate using old school politics while posing as the ‘fresh’ face?