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Speaking fee for Obama aide raises Iran questions for White House
Reuters ^ | August. 6, 2012 | Laura MacInnis

Posted on 08/06/2012 10:29:20 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

WASHINGTON, Aug 6 (Reuters) - One of U.S. President Barack Obama's closest aides was paid $100,000 by a company doing business with Iran just before joining the White House staff, the Washington Post reported on Monday, raising awkward election-year questions for the Democrat trying to get tough with Tehran.

White House senior adviser David Plouffe received the speaking fee from Africa's biggest wireless phone operator, MTN Group, for two speeches he made in Nigeria in December 2010, the company and administration officials confirmed.

Plouffe listed it with many others on his official financial disclosures after he joined the White House in January 2011. An MTN subsidiary is a major shareholder in Irancell, a government-connected telecommunications operator in Iran.

While there has been no suggestion that Plouffe violated any law or regulation, the report has exposed the White House to attack from Republican opponents.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: corruption; davidplouffe; iran; paytoplay; plouffe; speakingfees

1 posted on 08/06/2012 10:29:27 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Which is EXACTLY the reason the Obama administration sided with Iran during the 2009 uprising by freedom loving Iranians.

Well, I am not sure about that although I got that from a high ranking source in the Iranian government.

I think Obama owes us an explanation and in the interim, Poof should resign.

2 posted on 08/06/2012 10:40:18 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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