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Report says White House gave kickback administration jobs to 200 donors

June 16, 2011 - Washington

The Obama administration gave 200 of its biggest campaign donors key assignments within the government or granted their business interests with federal contracts, a new iWatch report has claimed.

Pressed to give a response to this charge, Fox News quoted White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, as saying: "You asked me about supporters of the president who may have been donors who have gotten positions and I would point out to the fact that the people who got those positions got them because of their credentials. They also happen to be donors in some cases. There are obviously numerous and far many more cases of people who weren't donors who were appointed the jobs."

Some are charging that the new report is at odds with President Obama's claims on the campaign trail that he would bring a new kind of government to Washington and not cater to special interests.

"They write the checks and you get stuck with the bill," Obama said of "cynics, lobbyists and special interests" when he announced his candidacy in February of 2007.

"The time for that kind of politics is over. It is through. It's time to turn the page right here and right now," Obama had added then.

Carney stated that the administration has held the highest ethical standards and has had bold transparency.

"Our efforts at transparency are unprecedented. And that's not just me saying it, it is outside groups who have said that. So, I think that the fact that individuals who have been appointed also supported the President is hardly a story," Carney said.


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