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Having a Ball

“Barack Obama tried to keep corporate lobbyists out of his campaign, but when it comes to his home state’s Inaugural Gala, everything is for sale, and the corporate sponsorship list reads like a Who’s Who of Chicago big business,” Politico reports.

“Stroke a $55,000 check, as utility giant Exelon Corp. has, and you’ve purchases sponsorship of the ‘City of Chicago Ballroom.’ American Airlines has dropped $40,000 for exclusive sponsorship of a cocktail reception that may include members of Congress. And $20,000 merely gets your company name over the coat check booth.”

That’s right – you can even sponsor the coat check. That’s almost worth it just to tell the story about how you, um, sponsored the coat check.

Now, if you can only scrape together $10,000, you can get your name on a dessert.

Which is only about a third as crazy as Monsanto spending $30,000 to build a mock-up of the Steppenwolf right there, apparently, in the ballroom.

Monsanto, of course, is the recipient of generous tax subsidies, so they can afford it. Their executives will probably even fly in on private jets.

Hey, it’s a ball. That’s what corporate royalty does.


Axelrod’s Other Job

On Monday, Politico reported that “no subject is more avidly considered in the corridors of Democratic power than the future role of his chief adviser, political consultant David Axelrod. Democrats who know the Chicago-based political consultant, the key architect of Obama’s campaign and of his public image, say Axelrod has signaled that he’ll seriously consider taking on a job in the administration.”

That’s nice.

On the same day, the New York Times published a heartwarming piece about Axelrod under the headline “Long by Obama’s Side, an Adviser Fills a Role That Exceeds His Title.”

How sweet. And how quickly they forget.

Just nine days prior, the Times examined Axelrod’s other job – the one as America’s Astroturf King, creating fake grass-roots campaigns to persuade the public that it is on the side of his rather unappetizing corporate clients. That’s the side of Axelrod that rarely shows up in profiles that invariably assure us “really believes” in his candidates’ messages.

The puffy profiles, though, are hard to square with the facts, as laid out in devastating fashion by the Times’ story earlier this month and a similar investigation by the late BusinessWeek Chicago last spring that came and went with barely a flutter.

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