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Obama Inauguration Committee unveils almost real-time internet disclosure database as part of transparency package.

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Transparency game plan at the Obama Presidential Inauguration Committee....

excerpt from release...

Co-Chair Penny Pritzker added that, "From the beginning, we've said we're going
to plan the most open and accessible inauguration in history and that includes
using 21st century technology to give the American people access to information
about donors to our committee."

For the first time, an inaugural committee's donor disclosure efforts will
include a searchable, sortable, virtually real-time database of donors,
available on the PIC website. Any citizen will be able to search for and sort
donors who give more than $200 by name, employer, or hometown (city, state and
zip code). Information on donors and donations will be updated regularly, with
information on each new donation over $200 appearing online within 48 hours of
its receipt.

From: Presidential Inaugural Committee - Communications [info@pic2009.org]
Sent: Friday, December 12, 2008 3:03 PM
To: Communications Department
Subject: New PIC Internet Tool Underscores Unmatched Commitment to Transparency

[http://www.pic2009.org/page/-/wrapper/img/Letterhead_pic2009_header.jpg]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: PIC Communications Office

Friday, December 12, 2008

New PIC Internet Tool Underscores Unmatched Commitment to Transparency

Committee Website to Feature a Searchable, Virtually Real-Time Database of
Donors and Bundlers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, in keeping with President-elect Obama's commitment to
changing the way business is done in Washington, the Presidential Inaugural
Committee (PIC) announced unprecedented standards of transparency in the public
reporting of donors to a presidential inaugural committee.

"The disclosure guidelines we've released today set a new standard for openness
for a Presidential Inaugural Committee," said John W. Rogers, Jr., Co-Chair of
the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee. "This tool demonstrates the new
administration's commitment to changing business-as-usual in Washington, DC."

Co-Chair Penny Pritzker added that, "From the beginning, we've said we're going
to plan the most open and accessible inauguration in history and that includes
using 21st century technology to give the American people access to information
about donors to our committee."

For the first time, an inaugural committee's donor disclosure efforts will
include a searchable, sortable, virtually real-time database of donors,
available on the PIC website. Any citizen will be able to search for and sort
donors who give more than $200 by name, employer, or hometown (city, state and
zip code). Information on donors and donations will be updated regularly, with
information on each new donation over $200 appearing online within 48 hours of
its receipt.

The PIC website will also include, for the first time, information on donors who
bundle contributions for the inaugural committee, including the amount they have
bundled, which will be capped at $300,000 for individual bundlers.

The measures announced today are more stringent than federal law or the Federal
Election Commission require. Under current law, an inaugural committee is not
required to report donors until 90 days after the Inauguration, nor are donors
to an inaugural committee required to disclose their employer when making a
donation.

These new guidelines arrive on top of previously announced and unprecedented
limitations on the PIC's fundraising policies. Unlike previous inaugural
committees, the 2009 PIC will not accept contributions from corporations,
political action committees, labor unions, current federally-registered
lobbyists, non-U.S. citizens and registered foreign agents and will not accept
individual contributions in excess of $50,000. Current law does not restrict
the size of donations, which in past inaugurations have reached as high as
$250,000.

The new database is available to the general public at www.pic2009.org/donors.

For the latest information on the 2009 Presidential Inauguration, please visit
www.pic2009.org.

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Meanwhile, those who gave more than $200 by making multiple donations of $200 or less combined with phony names (aided by the disabling of industry-standard fraud prevention checks) will remain safely anonymous.

get a grip calvin

HEY CALVIN ARE YOU FEELING WELL, YOU NEED A SHOT
AND A BEER, AND A GOOD MOVIE!
WAKE UP CALVIN AND SMELL THE COFFEE!
PEOPLE WOULDN'T GIVE MONEY UNDER SOMEONE ELSE'S
NAME, THERE IS NO TAX BENEFIT IN DOING THAT!
I SEE YOU AREN'T IN TO PHILANTHROPY!
CALVIN GO SEE YOUR DOCTOR, AND GET BACK ON YOUR
MEDS!

There's no tax benefit at all. You can't claim political contributions on your taxes.

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