12/16/16

Selling access

Back during the Clinton years, there was great Outrage! over Bill essentially selling the Lincoln bedroom. Here is an article from back in 2002 about that very thing:

Selling Lincoln bedroom disrespectful

The Lincoln room became controversial in recent years when former President Bill Clinton offered the thrill of spending a night in it to celebrities, big contributors and many of his Arkansas friends, relatives and supporters. During his eight-year tenure, Clinton had more than 900 guests, including 72 of daughter Chelsea Clinton's chums, and the White House admitted that most of these overnight guests got to try out the Lincoln bed.
Trump is not yet selling access to the White House ... but the Trumps are selling access to Ivanka:

Available to the Highest Bidder: Coffee With Ivanka Trump


So far, some Turkish investment banker is the highest bidder. Why would he do that? To stare soulfully into Ivanka's baby blues? To commune over the wonderfully good works of Ivanka's charity?


Nope.


Mr. Ozkural wanted to meet with Ms. Trump — who is considering playing an informal role in her father’s administration — to gain insight into topics like President-elect Donald J. Trump’s possible future dealings with Turkey and other nations where Mr. Ozkural invests, he said.


I rather doubt that the Trumpkins will see any problem with that. They haven't seen any problems with Our Donald's lies and boorish behavior so far. But here's the deal:


The charitable fund-raising by Mr. Trump’s children is problematic, ethics lawyers said, because of the unusual role they are playing in the transition process, with Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, attending meetings the president-elect had with executives from major technology companies and with the prime minister of Japan, and Mr. Trump’s oldest son, Donald Jr., helping to select the nominee for interior secretary.


It continues to amaze how the Trumpkins accept without question the same questionable sorts of practices from Our Donald that drove them foaming up the wall in the past, from the Clintonistas.


Still don't get it? Well, here it is in plain English:


The charitable fund-raising by Mr. Trump’s children is problematic, ethics lawyers said, because of the unusual role they are playing in the transition process, with Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, attending meetings the president-elect had with executives from major technology companies and with the prime minister of Japan, and Mr. Trump’s oldest son, Donald Jr., helping to select the nominee for interior secretary


Obama, believe it or not, actually had better sense:


The Obama administration prohibited any member of the first family from directly soliciting charitable donations, said Norm Eisen, who served as an ethics lawyer early in President Obama’s tenure. Mr. Obama and his wife, Michelle, have attended occasional charitable fund-raising events, including the Congressional Black Caucus annual dinners. The Obamas also allowed their daughters’ high school to auction off magazines they had signed, Mr. Eisen said, but they did not auction off access to themselves.



“You never, ever want to have government officials using their public office for the private gain, even for a worthy charity,” Mr. Eisen said. “That was how we did it.”

Update:

Trump Family Tried To Pimp Coffee With Ivanka, Raising Ethical Concerns

Yeah, thank God they weren't having big donors sleeping in the Lincoln bedroom. That's unethical.