No the White House is Not for sale and money will not give you access. So how is it that an electric car salesmen, Paul Scott, gets to pitch his ideas for 2 minutes with the President for $32 thousand dollars? That $32K is 3/4 of Scott’s pay for a year.
A Los Angeles car salesman and electric car advocate is shelling $32,400 out of his retirement savings so he can make a pitch directly to President Obama at a “private, off-the-record” Democratic fundraiser next week.
Paul Scott, 60, says he isn’t a rich guy. He’s a $50,000-a-year Nissan salesman who plans to rub elbows with 24 bigwigs in a private luncheon that he says will put a crimp in his retirement plans.
But he says the goal is worthwhile. He wants to make a few points to Obama about on how to better support electric cars — a cause that Obama already embraces — and thought the private audience would be a fine way to do it.
The Salesman, Paul Scott, posted this editorial yesterday about his forthcoming meeting with Obama
Editorial: My $32,000 Electric Car Lunch with President Obama
If you had something important to say to the President, how much would you spend to get his ear? On June 7, I’ll be eating lunch with President Obama for $32,400. Two dozen other high-dollar donors will be there, but I’ll be the only one in the room who does his own laundry. I’m not wealthy—I’m spending a large percentage of my retirement savings, at age 60, to sit at the table.
Why? Because it’s a deeply troubling time in our country and in our world. Whether you choose to believe it or not, climate change is a greater threat to life on Earth than at any time in modern history. Our economic recovery remains shaky, at best, and millions remain unemployed. Say what you will about dubious fracking practices that may result in more U.S. oil exports, we’ll be treacherously dependent upon hostile nations for much of our petroleum for a long, long time.
But I, and thousands of other Americans, have been practicing solutions to these seemingly intractable problems by driving electric vehicles on renewable energy. I want to tell Obama about the economic benefits of this transition away from oil during his visit to Santa Monica to raise money for the Democratic Party.
As we all know, money drives the political game. Those with a lot of money are given access to politicians, Democrats and Republicans alike, and those of modest means are only heard at the ballot box. Adding to the problem is the use of vast sums of money spent to pollute the democratic process with massive slur campaigns filled with misinformation and outright lies. The truth rarely gets heard.
Read the rest at PluginCars.com.