That vow was made, of course, when there was a Republican in the White House and is “no longer operative”, as seen in the decision to lease $23 million of office space from an Obama bundler from Chicago.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau officials will pay $22.3 million to lease temporary offices in addition to the record-breaking $145 million being spent to renovate the agency’s headquarters, according to documents obtained by the Washington Examiner.
The temporary offices to be occupied by CFPB for the next two years are being leased in a building owned by Neil G. Bluhm, a longtime friend and campaign bundler for President Obama.
Bluhm made headlines in 2010 when he hosted Obama’s 49th birthday party at his Chicago home. Admission was $30,000 per person, with the proceeds going to the Democratic National Committee.
Controversy has dogged the CFPB for more than a year for nearly tripling the initial $55 million cost estimate for renovations to the building that will serve as the bureau’s permanent headquarters. The building is across the street from the White House, at 1700 G St. NW in Washington.
In the meantime, Obama’s new pick for Surgeon General is a 36-year-old activist who formerly headed up “Docs for Obama”. Primary qualification, aside from fund raising for the man: he’s strongly anti-gun.