Tags: Barack Obama | special interests | 2008 election | Donald Gips | Level 3 Communications

Give Obama Big Money, Get a Govt Job

By Dan Weil   |   Wednesday, 15 Jun 2011 12:42 PM

During the 2008 election campaign, candidate Barack Obama famously promised to keep “special interests” out of his administration. But just like presidents before him — and surely after him as well — top donors have received plum government assignments, Politico reports.

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For example Donald Gips, a vice president of Level 3 Communications, generated more than $500,000 in contributions to Obama, and two other company executives brought in at least $150,000.

After the election, Obama put Gips in charge of hiring for the White House, helping to install key allies in high-level positions. A few months later, Obama named Gips ambassador to South Africa.

And Level 3 Communications, whose shares Gips still held, garnered millions of dollars of government stimulus contracts. Gips said he was “completely unaware” that the company received the contracts.




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During the 2008 election campaign, candidate Barack Obama famously promised to keep special interests out of his administration. But just like presidents before him and surely after him as well top donors have received plum government assignments, Politico...
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