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BIG DAY FOR FUNDRAISING & TRAFFIC JAMS IN BALTIMORE

June Smith

First Lady’s Schedule – September 21, 2012: No Public Schedule

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According to The White House, Mama Obama has no public schedule today.

She’s traveling to Baltimore for private events. So private, in fact, that the Obama campaign has closed the events to “broadcast cameras and microphones”.
 
Sorry, there won’t be a sneak peek inside the two Obama Campaign fundraising locales, but you can bet the local media trucks are in place and reporters have staked out exterior spots for the story that will lead the evening news.

If you will be in rush hour anywhere in or near zip codes 21251 and 21131, here’s the traffic report in advance: Impossible.

The motorcades will be making its way to Morgan State University’s Fine Arts Center for a $250 per person money grab at 4:30 p.m. Local law enforcement agencies will be joining forces with the presidential “praetorian guard”.

The “Jump the Broom for Marriages” (JTBFM) group will be demonstrating outside the Fine Arts Center.
 
The group claims they support President Obama “100%”, but they oppose the legalization of same sex marriage that he supports.

So if the JTBFM folks oppose something Obama supports, how did they tallly the 100% support for him? 

Turns out, one of the organizers of today’s demo said they don’t “oppose” the President’s position, they “disagree” with it.

That’s reminiscent of Bill Clinton’s “It depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is”. Oppose, disagree, whatever. They are all going to vote to re-elect him.

So much for position and platform.

But I digress..

After wowing the crowd at Morgan, TFL will be whisked off to the upscale Phoenix neighborhood home of Robert Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker for a $5,000 per person “evening reception” featuring performances by Yo-Yo Ma and Leon Fleischer.

I’m not complaining, I’m just commenting. Those who wish to pony up the money to support a candidate have every right to do so, even in a state that’s not a battleground.

BTW, campaign fundraising is regulated by the Federal Election Campaign, the independent regulatory agency charged with disclosing campaign finance information, enforcing the provisions of the law limiting and prohibiting contributions, and overseeing the public funding of presidential elections.

Six members of the Commission, appointed by the President and confirmed by the senate,  serve a six-year term. Every two years, two new appointments are made.

According to the Federal Election Campaign Act, “no more than three Commissioners can be members of the same political party, and at least four votes are required for any official Commission action. This structure was created to encourage nonpartisan decisions. The Chairmanship of the Commission rotates among the members each year, with no member serving as Chairman more than once during his or her term.”

Caroline C. Hunter currently serves as chair of the commission; Ellen L. Weintraub is vice chair; commissioners are Cynthia L. Bauerly, Donald F. McGhan II, Matthew S. Petersen, and Steven T. Walther.

It’s a fulltime gig. Don’t waste time trying to find out how much money they make. That’s not available for disclosure.

June Smith is the widow of Ron Smith, WBAL Talk Show Host, Emmy® Award winner, and Baltimore Sun columnist, who was a media titan in Maryland area and beyond for almost forty years. Her tribute website, founded in his memory, is www.friendsofronsmith.com. She is working diligently to raise one million dollars for the Ron Smith Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at Johns Hopkins. Her email is june@friendsofronsmith.com.

 

 





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