Flashback: When Obama Condemned Selling Access

In his 2008 presidential campaign announcement speech, Obama attacked “the cynics, and the lobbyists, and the special interests” who “write the checks” and “get the access while you get to write a letter.” He’s now come under heat for a New York Times report that a $500,000 donation to his new group Organizing for Action gets “the privilege of attending quarterly meetings with the president.”

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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