Jay Carney dodges questions about buying a meeting with Obama

Reporters made White House press secretary Jay Carney squirm on Monday as they questioned him about Organizing for Action’s $500,000 price tag on meeting with the President.

As The New York Times reported over the weekend, donors who give $500,000 or more get direct access to the POTUS, contradicting Obama’s earlier assertions that the money of special interest groups and lobbyists shouldn’t buy face time with politicians.

Yet when asked about the questionably chummy relationship between OFA and the White House, Carney denied that there was a price tag on meeting with the President.

“This is an independent organization,” Carney said of OFA. “I would point you to that organization for how it raises its money.”

After being pressed multiple times about what the Times reported — and continuing to assert that OFA is independent and directing further questions to them — Carney actually left the room as reporters continued to ask questions.

So much for the so-called transparency of the Obama administration. Even MSNBC‘s Chuck Todd condemned President Obama’s hypocrisy about money in politics. But when it comes to OFA, is anyone really surprised? The organization has been shady from the start.

Then again, Carney probably can’t even be sure that OFA is run by Democrats anyway. And the White House press secretary could also personally know three groups called Organizing for Action.

Watch Carney fidget for almost five minutes:

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  1. Roger Mitchell says:

    Man If I ever saw this little weasel in public I’d be inclined to just beautch slap that snide look he always seems to sport so proudly off of his face. The same went for the former Press Sec. Robert Gibbs He is the Jedi Master of white house lying I never figured another human could stand and tell such barefaced lies like he could by Carney is trying everyday to out do Gibbs .. Hell it took several yrs for the other puppet Robert Gibbs to have the lies he stood there and told by order of the President to be exposed just in the last few days Gibbs told as many if not more then this little Carney weasel .And they both would puff up and ignore the reporter asking the questions when it got hot and the lies became shake y

    Obama is now the pimp of the white house renting out rooms and positions for money ..Clinton used to rent out Lincolns bed for 250K a night and what they did with that cash we’ll never know.. But at lease Clinton did not sell committee appointments and or face time with the big guy..But it seems now for 500K you can buy a seat on a committee and see the Boss man 4 times a yr.. But just never ask questions (:

    I always say what goes around comes around and it seems Obama is getting back to his roots and profession as community organizer and he is going to build his war chest on our the tax payers dime thank God Old Jessi Jackson never made it all the way to the Job Obama fell into.. I just hope all the 18 and 22 yr olds who think he is Mr. Cool and Greatness on earth remember they voted for him in about 10 to 15 yrs when they have to start the repayment plan he has yet to ever expose (: Like all this crap with his idea for sequestration . That like all of his other great ideas was bad and cost use money in the end he’s now trying to back it up with I did not do it the republicans did it and we are doomed to to become bankrupt and so on and so forth and in reality Its totally just another one of his right now its a must to do immediately bills or ideas or we are going to all burn in hell his normal tactics everything within this guy is like a 5 yr old I want t NOW or we all will suffer .

    When in fact say you are a family with a 100.00 a week budget what this amounts to is you have to decide wither to loose you home car food what ever as the budget requires a 2.00 cut from that 100.00 . Other side of this coin is unfettered tax increases if he gets this we all will suffer as this money grubbing junkyard dog will be totally off the chain.. Spending is still going to break all time records and all Obama is crying about teachers Cops Firemen what ever are all paid at their local levels not the federal level ..

    I say sequestration x’s a 100 Lets its the only good idea Obama has ever had I’d start with welfare hell I used to think help them with child care but they already have head start that has been proven to be a total failure and it only cost the tax payers who by the same token can not use this program as they pay taxes but their budget cost us about 8 Billion a yrs Pull a billion or two from there and tell them to pack a lunch from home with the food stamps they sell to by drugs and whiskey and their malt liquor 40′s . I spent the better part of 40 yrs working in their homes and neighborhoods fixing things for the section 8 housing people I’ve turned more bundles for 200.00 worth of food stamps or other federal scripts for 25.00 cash then I can recall and have seen the welfare scams they run .. People better wake up and smell the waste..

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