RNC Chairman Reince Priebus is calling for an investigation into whether President Obama committed a crime when he recorded what Priebus describes as a fundraising video in the Map Room of the White House.
In the video, a copy of which I run below, Obama doesn’t directly ask for money, but he encourages viewers to participate in a raffle of dinner with him and Vice President Biden. The Obama campaign is asking people to contribute at least $5 to be signed up for the raffle, though the fine print says you don’t have to give money to participate.
Nevertheless, Obama is at best only technically not participating in what is a clear fundraising scheme, and at worst is raising money from the White House.
The president is not allowed to solicit funds from working rooms in the White House, though he can do so from the residence. The Map Room is used for work, most recently Saturday when the president used it to host the Dalai Lama.
In a letter to Attorney General Holder today, Priebus asks Holder to investigation and threatens that he will seek appointment of a special prosecutor if Holder doesn’t do so.