In the aftermath of the Citizens United ruling, there is no limit to the amount corporate interest groups can raise to defeat President Obama’s policies—or how much Obama can raise to lobby for them. The result? A permanent fundraising campaign, headed by Organizing for Action, the 2012 Obama election committee now being used a de facto fundraising wing of the White House, writes Edward Luce in Monday’s Financial Times. This is the final nail in the coffin of Obama being a Washington outsider, writes Luce—the president has become the ultimate Beltway glad-handler. What that means for Obama’s credibility is unknown—and it could set a dangerous precedent for future presidents.
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