SURPRISE: Obama Campaign Manager Fined $90,000 For Illegal Lobbying

David Plouffe is Barack Obama’s former campaign manager. Strike one.

He predicted Hillary Clinton would soundly defeat Donald Trump in the election. Strike two.

And now for strike three?

Remember when Obama warned against lobbyists, and their far too heavy influence in politics?

Well, as The Chicago Tribune reports:

Former Obama aide fined $90,000 for illegally lobbying Emanuel on Uber’s behalf

David Plouffe Lobbying Uber

A former Uber senior executive who once served as Barack Obama’s campaign manager has been fined $90,000 by the Chicago Board of Ethics for illegally lobbying Mayor Rahm Emanuel on behalf of the ride-sharing company.

The board voted 5-0 to find that David Plouffe violated city ethics rules by failing to register as a lobbyist after contacting Emanuel to help the company on regulations for picking up travelers at Chicago’s two airports.

Plouffe’s lobbying violation only became public after Emanuel in December released hundreds of personal emails related to public business under the pressure of two open records lawsuits alleging the mayor violated the state’s open records law.

Included was a message Plouffe sent to the mayor Nov. 20, 2015.

“Assume both of us thought the airport issue was settled and we would never have to discuss again, but unfortunately two significant new hurdles were introduced,” wrote Plouffe, the political strategist who managed Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and in 2015 was Uber’s senior vice president of policy and strategy. “Coming to you because of their severity that would prevent us from operating. We were all set to announce Monday we were beginning pickups.”

Plouffe, who like Emanuel served in the Obama White House, went on to describe concerns Uber had about pickup fees and the requirement to display an airport pickup placard in Uber vehicles.

We get to play the “what if” game.

First what if Plouffe worked for Trump?
The real problem lies right before our eyes. Plouffe didn’t even consider playing by the rules. Frankly, he’s an old Obama alumnus, as is Rahm. Thus, a couple of buddies having a casual conversation {wink} can’t be construed as lobbying, can it?

Anybody think Plouffe didn’t know the rules? Let’s check with their former boss:

But then again, Obama changed his mind about lobbyists.

Unlike President Trump, Obama is and will always be a first class snake.


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