President Obama’s former campaign manager has been exposed as corrupt, and received a fee for tens of thousands of dollars.
David Plouffe was fined $90,000 on Thursday for illegally lobbying Chicago’s mayor on behalf of Uber. The Chicago Board of Ethics voted 5-0 to find that Plouffe violated ethics laws by failing to register as a lobbyist after contacting Emanuel to help the company on regulations for picking up travelers at Chicago’s two airports.
The lobbying violation became public after Emanuel released hundreds of personal emails related to public business in the face of two open records lawsuits, which alleged that he violated the state’s open record law, the Chicago Tribune reported. Plouffe’s message to Emanuel was sent on Nov. 20, 2015.
“Assume both of us thought the airport issue was settled and we would never have to discuss again, but unfortunately two significant new hurdles were introduced,” wrote Plouffe, who was a senior executive at Uber in 2015. “Coming to you because of their severity that would prevent us from operating. We were all set to announce Monday we were beginning pickups.”
Plouffe echoed Uber’s concerns about pickup fees and the requirement that Uber drivers had to show a placard when picking up travelers at airports. He apparently wanted to get the issues settled before the holidays.
The ethics board said that Plouffe and Uber argued that he should only be subject to a $1,000 fine. The board said a $1,000 fine would encourage unregistered lobbying activity. Plouffe received a $90,00 fine because he didn’t register as a lobbyist until April 13, 2016. The rules state that he should’ve registered five business days after lobbying Emanuel.
“Mr. Plouffe and the company argue that this leads to an absurd result by having the board punish those, like him, to the same degree it would punish a person who actually had engaged in lobbying every day during this period,” the panel wrote in its decision. “The board rejects this argument.”
Corruption associated with Obama, color us not shocked.