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Walkerville, VA
Monday, September 18, 2017
Carolyn Purcell, Editor

Obama staff caught in sex trafficking scandal!

One of President Barack Obama’s top donors, which also provided his administration several key staffers, has been caught in a sex-trafficking scandal in New York and other east coast cities.

Obama at climate change conference in Copenhagen

The White House denies that this photo shows the President negotiating in Copenhagen for sex slaves. According to Press Secretary Jay Carney, the president is asking them to donate “just under $200, then you’re safe.”

Goldman Sachs Group Inc, a top donor to the 2008 Barack Obama presidential campaign and former employer of many White House staff, has recently been invested in a media company company which critics say facilitates sex trafficking. While there is no suggestion that President Obama knew about the investment, the disclosure highlights the difficulty for politicians when they accept money from large corporation while also hiring former employees of that corporation.

According to a 2008 campaign finance report by the Obama campaign, Goldman Sachs employees donated $1,000,000 to his election campaign. Recent numbers indicate Goldman Sachs employees provide the President with over $10,000 a month.

Goldman said on Sunday that it signed a deal last Friday to sell its 16 percent stake in Village Voice Media, which owns the website Backpage.com, back to management.

Critics argue that Backpage.com facilitates the trafficking of underage prostitutes and sex slaves, although others question that.

Jay Carney, Press Secretary for the White House, stressed that White House employees are hired on a blind basis, “so that past discretions, such as cheating on taxes, teaching fisting to twelve-year-olds, and having worked for Goldman Sachs, do not unduly hurt their employment chances. Goldman Sachs often gets a bad rap.”

“Furthermore, the President as a passive figurehead, has no control over his employees’ performance, as you can see from the state of the economy.”

Village Voice Media has the largest share of revenue in the United States from online advertising of adult services.

The original size and timing of Obama’s campaign donors and the hiring of donors as employees were not disclosed by the media, though in 2008 the New York Times did report about conservatives using fictitious names to donate to Obama on their blog.

Goldman Sachs said it lost the vast majority of its investment when it sold its Village Voice stake last week. This follows a string of White House investment losses to donors in other industries.

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