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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: