Anti-coal foundations funding Obama
President Barack Obama’s campaign “bundlers” — big-ticket donors who combine their own contributions with those of wealthy friends and family members — include at least 138 individuals who sit on boards of charitable foundations or other grant-giving charities, a Daily Caller analysis shows. And those foundations include many whose grant making focuses on far left-wing causes that mirror Obama’s policymaking decisions.
Those foundations, whose leaders include Obama bundlers, are on the forefront of funding liberal social-issue groups including those concerned with gay marriage rights, union organizing, abortion, immigration and “racial justice” issues and opposition to energy from coal and other fossil fuels.
Capital Research Center executive vice president Scott Walter told TheDC that those funding streams ”speak volumes about the givers and the receiver. For the President to receive so much hard Left money puts the lie to any claims of moderation and centrism.”
The president has already weathered a few embarrassing episodes involving his bundlers. In February his campaign pledged to return at least $200,000 collected by brothers of a casino owner who was linked to violence and corruption in Mexico after he jumped bail while appealing a five-year prison term for telemarketing fraud.
In January the liberal Center for Public Integrity reported that 68 of Obama’s top 350 bundlers already had high-status jobs in his administration, and that 30 were tied to government-related companies in the green technology, defense or banking industries.
And in his controversial May 13 Newsweek cover story, writer Andrew Sullivan drew a clear line of connection between the president’s sudden gay-marriage conversion and his bundlers’ ideological preferences.
“There was, of course, cold politics behind it,” Sullivan wrote. “One in six of Obama’s fundraising bundlers is gay, and he needs their money.”