“We have nothing to fear, but fear itself”
Obama has spent MILLIONS to secrete all his records at Perkins Coie.
Does Obama have ties to Perkins Coie?
Robert Bauer, the Obama 2012 campaign general counsel is a partner at Perkins Coie and was working as personal counsel to Barack Obama.
**Note: Bauer is married to Anita Dunn, The White House communications director until outed as a Mao admirer. Is she back running the “Truth Squad” for Obama?
Obama’s records including school, his Social Security number, etc. have been secreted and protected by Perkins Coie (Law group with which one of its lawyers, Robert Bauer(married to Maoist admirer Anita Dunn) is one of Obama’s chief legal advisors at the White House.
Bauer has done his best to prevent the American public from seeing a wide range of Obama’s records that could prove, or disprove, his eligibility to occupy the Oval Office under the Constitution’s requirement that the president be a “natural born” citizen.
Documents concerning Obama that the White House has refused to release to the public include his long-form birth certificate and his passport records, as well as other records that may possibly be relevant, such as records regarding Obama’s possible adoption by his Indonesian stepfather or college application and tuition financial aid records which would reveal whether Obama was ever registered as a foreign student.
Federal Election Commission records show $1,352,378.95 in payments were made by Obama for America to Perkins Coie while the law firm was representing Obama in various court cases which have sought to obtain Obama’s long-form birth certificate to determine if he is a “natural born” citizen under Article Two, Section 1 of the Constitution.
Bauer, a Democratic Party partisan, has a long history of defending Democratic Party presidential hopefuls.
A biography for Bauer posted on the Perkins Coie website indicates he was general counsel to the Democratic National Committee during the presidential campaign of Sen. John Kerry and that he served as counsel to Sen. Tom Daschle, the Democratic leader in the impeachment trial proceedings of President Bill Clinton.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, Bauer functioned as an “attack lawyer,” threatening with FEC complaints groups wanting to run anti-Obama television ads.
Also during the 2008 presidential campaign, Bauer as counsel for the Obama campaign wrote letters to television station managers and to Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General John Keeney arguing that airing an anti-Obama ad pointing to the known association between Obama and Weather Underground radical Bill Ayers would violate federal election rules.
Also during the 2008 campaign, Bauer intervened on behalf of Obama to block the California-based American Leadership Project from running a television ad campaign over support from unions, including the Service Employees International Union.
Again, Bauer filed a complaint with the FEC alleging that the union-funded television campaign the American Leadership Project planned to run in Indiana against Obama was illegal under federal election laws.
Today, the firm, Perkins Coie has a near-stranglehold on some of the biggest Democratic political accounts in town; it represents the party’s two congressional committees — the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee — as well as the individual campaigns and political action committees of many Senate Democrats.
And Bauer landed the mother of all accounts — Obama’s presidential campaign — even before the campaign officially began, which led to his being appointed this year to the coveted position of lead counsel for the Democratic National Committee, a position that also made him the lawyer for Obama’s political network, Organizing for America.
Plus, he represents Obama and his family in personal matters, such as the federal investigation of disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, but Bauer’s number one priority is to keep Obama’s bona fides hidden from the American People.
Bauer is married to recently resigned White House Communications Director, Anita Dunn.
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Obama Waives Ethics Rules For Counsel
Kenneth P. Vogel says that when Bob Bauer replaced Greg Craig last year as White House counsel, it seemed inevitable that he’d be working on some of the same issues he had in his previous job as Obama’s personal and campaign lawyer. So late Friday afternoon, in recognition of that reality, the White House issued Bauer a waiver to ethics rules established by Obama that prohibit officials in his administration from working on issues affecting their former clients for two years.
Those rules would have prevented Bauer “from performing roles that someone in the Counsel’s position ordinarily performs” and, therefore, neither “make sense” nor are they “in the public interest,” wrote White House ethics lawyer Norm Eisen in a post on the White House blog.
Eisen, who works under Bauer and wrote the waiver, stressed that it is limited, applying only to Bauer’s work at the powerhouse Democratic firm Perkins Coie as a private lawyer for the Obama family, and for the Democratic National Committee.
Bauer also served as the top lawyer for Obama’s presidential campaign and his confluence of positions made him a powerful member of Obama’s inner circle as well as the most influential Democratic election lawyer in town until he replaced Craig in November.
Perkins Coie — which paid Bauer $959,000 in 2009 and still owes him $216,000 — continues to represent Obama’s presidential campaign, as well as the Obama family and the DNC. In the latter two capacities, the firm is involved in helping Obama fill out his personal financial disclosure statement, which is due next week, and in fighting a lawsuit filed by the Republican National Committee seeking to overturn laws prohibiting huge “soft money” donations to political parties.
Bauer is expected to advise the White House on those matters, and a White House official pointed out that in both cases Bauer’s private work is consistent with Obama’s stances in favor of disclosure and reducing the influence of special interest money in politics.
The waiver notes that Bauer is “a leading national authority on campaign finance and related matters and the government will benefit greatly from his expertise,” but the White House official said Bauer hadn’t advised Obama on campaign finance litigation prior to the waiver.
Obama touted his ethics rules as the toughest ever, but his administration has been criticized by Republicans and independent government watchdog groups for issuing waivers to it. But there wasn’t any immediate criticism Friday evening over the Bauer waiver.
“This is precisely the type of situation in which an ethics waiver is appropriate,” said Craig Holman, an ethics and campaign finance lobbyist for the non-profit watchdog group Public Citizen. “The conflict of interest requirements are intended to prevent business interests from capturing the regulatory agencies that oversee them,” said Holman, adding that “is not an issue here, and so a waiver for Bauer is appropriate.”
Added Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and an occasional White House critic: “I don’t see a problem. Basically, I think the president is entitled to have the counsel he wants.”
There is no mention in this article of Bauer’s primary role — Robert Bauer is Obama’s eligibility lawyer — and, as of May 8, 2010, the Obama Campaign has disbursed $2,161,155.11 to Perkins Coie. His job is to prevent the American People from seeing this stuff.
The Washington Post is reporting that Barack Obama’s top lawyer at the White House is resigning to return to private practice and represent Obama as his personal attorney and as general counsel to Obama’s re-election campaign. The move means that Bauer, 59, will still play a central but outside role in advising a president who is seeking re-election in a time of divided government.
Bob Bauer will be replaced by his top deputy, Kathy Ruemmler, (No stranger to WH; she was a lawyer working to defend Bill Clinton/Lewisky matter) a former assistant U.S. attorney best known as lead prosecutor in the Enron fraud case. The 40-year-old Ruemmler will take over the job as Obama’s top in-house counsel and manager of a White House law office charged with juggling the domestic, national security and congressional oversight challenges confronting the president.
In a statement, Obama praised Bauer as a friend with exceptional judgment who will remain a close advisor. As to his new White House-based counsel, Obama said: “Kathy is an outstanding lawyer with impeccable judgment. Together, Bob and Kathy have led the White House Counsel’s office, and Kathy will assure that it continues to successfully manage its wide variety of responsibilities.”
Bauer has been part of Obama’s circle since Obama was a freshmen senator in Washington, and now returns to the campaign counsel role he had when Obama ran in 2008. He has long been a go-to lawyer for Democrats on matters of political law and is married to the well-known Maoist, Anita Dunn, a Democratic communications operative who formerly worked in Obama’s White House.
Bauer will leave his White House post at the end of June. In a style typifying the low-key nature of transitions in the counsel’s office, the news came in the form of a press release.
Bauer’s job is to keep Obama out of court and keep his bona fides hidden from the American People.
Bauer is now the “outside guy.” He has more flexibility operating from “private practice” than he does operating as White House Chief Counsel. Ruemmler still works for him. She’s the “inside guy.”
Obama Campaign Disbursements To Perkins-Coie
The following is information was compiled from the official Federal Elections Commission (FEC) website for disbursements from the Obama campaign to Robert Bauer’s law firm of Perkins Coie, which represents Obama in various eligibility suits. The FEC links follow the entries.Note: When the queries return their results, search the table on “Perkins”All Filings by OBAMA FOR AMERICA — C00431445
Year End, 2011, FEC report for Obama for America
Perkins Coie: $168,367.29
3rd Quarter, 2011, FEC report for Obama for America
Perkins Coie: $248,953.65
2nd Quarter, 2011, FEC report for Obama for America
Perkins Coie: $101,838.31
1st Quarter, 2011, FEC report for Obama for America
Perkins Coie: $165,008.20
Note: The above query is now failing, but the number is what the FEC reported earlier this year. I have reported it to the FEC.
Carlos Luna, of the FEC, responded and says a candidate must be an Active (Declared) Presidential Candidate before the deadline of a particular report (Q1, Q2, …etc) for their report summary totals to display here. The Q1 (while it was previous displayed) was removed, because The Obama for America first quarter report was filed before the Obama statement of candidacy was filed.
Year End, 2010, FEC report for Obama for America
Perkins Coie: $241,422.79
3rd Quarter, 2010, FEC report for Obama for America
Perkins Coie: $234,284.82
2nd Quarter, 2010, FEC report for Obama for America
Perkins Coie: $248,483.94
1st Quarter, 2010
Perkins Coie: $261,206.69
October 2009 quarterly:
Perkins Coie: $314,018.06
July 2009 quarterly:
Perkins Coie: $270,754.18
Perkins Coie: $688,316.42
Perkins Coie: $173,052.52
Amended post-general election:
Perkins Coie: $205,323.00
Total to date: $3,321,030.17
Another TIE to Perkins Coie:
David Brock of Media Matters is also the Treasurer for American Bridge 21st Century. The email address for American Bridge 21st Century? Perkins Coie. Political Law Group of Perkins Coie. WHY doesn’t it go directly to American Bridge 21st Century?
Related Link: David Brock is Founder of Media Matters AND American Bridge 21st Century (**Also listed as Treasurer**). Ties to the White House?
Executed December 15, 2009
Obama Executive Order Alters Your Legal Protections
Specifically, Interpol’s property and assets remained subject to search and seizure by American law enforcement, and its archived records remained subject to public scrutiny under provisions of the Freedom of Information Act. Interpol had to answer to the FBI and U.S. courts under Reagan’s order. These safeguards were stripped away by Obama’s action the week before Christmas without debate or explanation. Obama picked the holiday season to make this radical change to minimize media coverage.
This order marks a significant change in federal policy and usurps the constitutional power of our government by yielding it to an international organization. Michael van Der Galien writes, “This foreign law enforcement organization can operate free of an important safeguard against government and abuse. Property and assets, including the organization’s records, cannot now be searched or seized. Their physical operational locations are now immune from U.S. legal and investigative authorities.”
Obama has given an international organization unsupervised freedom to investigate Americans on our own soil without recourse or the supervision of our own government.