Shockah! Obama evolves, will accept unlimited corporate donations for inauguration

Obama’s inaugural committee will lift ban on corporate contributions.

— Aaron Blake (@FixAaron) December 7, 2012

Four years ago, President Obama capped donations for his inauguration at $50,000. But these days, it seems that’s just not gonna cut it:

Obama accepting corporate donations for his inauguration is okay, because the decision is “driven by pragmatism”: ccwc.me/QNbkgm

— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) December 7, 2012

It’s true!

Sources say the new decision is driven by pragmatism: The president and his team just wrapped up the most expensive campaign in history — with costs topping $1 billion — and they’ve determined that their donors are simply tapped out.

The inaugural fundraising team will be screening each corporate donation. Those determined to pose a conflict of interest will be returned. For example, any company that still owes stimulus money or is vying for a big federal contact may be excluded.

We’re sure the donors will be screened very, very carefully.

Politico’s Donovan Slack also notes that “this isn’t the president’s first reversal from a previous stance on contributions. After nearly two years of blasting super PACs for their involvement in politics, as the election ramped up in February he announced he wouldn’t mind his supporters writing multimillion-dollar checks to the groups.”

Hmmm … funny, that. Conservatives were quick to notice this latest example of Obama’s intellectual inconsistency when it comes to money in politics:

LOL Obama’s first inauguration he wouldn’t accept corporate donations, now he said there isn’t a limit. #liberallogic #screwedeconomy

— Bianca Puccinelli (@bpooch13) December 7, 2012

But big corporations are evil! #LibLogic #hypocrisy RT @politico Obama will accept unlimited corporate donations for inauguration in January

— Scott Thorn (@s_thorn) December 7, 2012

Let the second term hypocrisy begin #tcot MT: @politico: Breaking: Obama will accept unlimited corporate donations for his inauguration

— Ray Harrell, Jr (@RayHarrellMU) December 7, 2012

#Obama is accepting unlimited corporate contributions for his inauguration/ #crowning.Seems he likes corporate money after all #hypocrite

— Matthew Holmes (@MatthewHolmes4) December 7, 2012

He’s not a hypocrite; he’s evolving!

Change. RT @charliespiering: Politico: “President Barack Obama will accept unlimited corporate donations for his inauguration in January”

— Jon Gabriel (@ExJon) December 7, 2012

That’s right. It’s all about change.

Not a protection racket. Nope. MT @politico Breaking: Obama will accept unlimited corporate donations for his inauguration in January

— Susan (@shoshido) December 7, 2012

So Obama is accepting unlimited corporate donations for his inauguration. But yet he is supposedly against corporate donations.

— Chase Johnson (@MorganChase22) December 7, 2012

President Barack Obama will accept unlimited corporate donations for his inauguration in January. Give me a Break!!!

— MBAssociates (@MBACampaigns) December 7, 2012

Wait, I thought corps were bad… @politico: Breaking: Obama will accept unltd corporate donations for his inauguration,according to sources

— jane ariel (@janeariel2) December 7, 2012

Things have changed NOW Obama will take corporate money for his inauguration. My my my….he wants that corporate money now.

— Jackie Neal (@JackieNeal1028) December 7, 2012

Evil corporations!! RT @politico: Breaking: Obama will accept unlimited corporate donations for his inauguration in January

— Liberty Czarina (@LibertyCzarina) December 7, 2012

All that mean, evil corporate money… RT @fixaaron: Obama’s inaugural committee will lift ban on corporate contributions.

— Kemberlee Kaye (@red_red_head) December 7, 2012

Then: Obama refuses corporate money for inauguration. Now: Obama accepts corporate money for inauguration. #BoughtAndPaidFor

— Steven Badger (@stevenbadger) December 7, 2012

Of course. RT @fixaaron: Obama’s inaugural committee will lift ban on corporate contributions.

— Kathleen McKinley (@KatMcKinley) December 7, 2012

I guess Obama feels that limits on unlimited corporate money in politics are like limits on using drones: good for the other guy.

— Micah Sifry (@Mlsif) December 7, 2012

“I will have more flexibility after my re-election.” RT @merrillmatthews: Obama will accept unlimited corporate $$ for his inauguration.

— Tom Giovanetti (@tgiovanetti) December 7, 2012

“Obama will accept unlimited corporate donations for his inauguration” So Democrats are going to stop bitching about Citizens United?

— Stephen Pytlik (@StephenPytlik) December 7, 2012

Don’t bet on it. But, to be fair, some lefties are disappointed with the president’s apparent moral about-face:

Labor’s ground game ensured a 2nd term. Shame on you. Obama inaugural to accept corporate donations flip.it/FdjfV via @washingtonpost

— Alan Hanson (@hanson_alan) December 7, 2012

Very disappointing. @barackobama to take corporate cash for inauguration via @politico for iPhone #failpoliti.co/RevzVX

— Kerry Wyler (@kerrywyler) December 7, 2012

Ugh just ugh Dammit @barackobama because this is the press you need? “Obama to accept corporate cash for inauguration: politi.co/SSOmmi

— Nicole Somegirl (@NicoleSomegirl) December 7, 2012

GW Bush’s second inauguration had a self-imposed cap of $250,000 for corporate donations. Obama’s will accept unlimited donations. #fail

— George Zornick (@gzornick) December 7, 2012

Thank you, President Obama, for inaugurating more corporate-sponsored cynicism for your 2nd term!#ugh

— Sally Kohn (@sallykohn) December 7, 2012

*Sniff*

Meanwhile, this conservative has found a silver lining in Obama’s reversal:

Following Obama’s lead, I am also now willing to accept unlimited corporate contributions.

— Tom Giovanetti (@tgiovanetti) December 7, 2012

Heh.