1. ADVISER

    Plouffe Took Fee From Iran-Tied Company

    WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 11:  (L-R) White House Senior Advisor David Plouffe and Communications Director Daniel Pfeiffer listen to U.S. President Barack Obama during a news conference at the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House July 11, 2011 in Washington, DC. Obama discussed the ongoing budget and debit limit negotiations with Congressional Republicans and Democrats.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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    Obama adviser and 2008 campaign manager David Plouffe accepted an $100,000 speaking fee from a subsidiary of MTN Group, a company with ties to Iran, in 2010. The subsidiary of the South Africa–based company made the payment to Plouffe in December, shortly before he joined the staff at the White House. The company has been the subject of close inspection by the government since then, and MTN’s ties are reported to go back to before Plouffe spoke at the company’s behest. The company had a five-year deal with an Iranian telecommunications company at the time of the Obama adviser’s appearances at two company events in Nigeria.

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