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Hyatt and Obama


Given the nature of American politics in the post-Citizens United era, it’s hard to blame Obama for going all out for fundraising, especially since Romney is toasting him in the money department.

On the other hand, it hardly inspires my confidence in a Democratic president when he buddies up with Penny Pritzker, whose family empire is Hyatt Hotels, against whom the biggest current labor action in the country is taking place. Pritzker was actually Obama’s original choice for Secretary of Commerce before her involvement in subprime mortgages took her out of the running.

Penny Pritzker is worth approximately $1.7 billion. Who do you think has more influence with a Democratic president, Pritzker or UNITE-HERE?

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