Last night at the fundraiser hosted by Blackstone COO Tony James, the Obama campaign went to the unprecedented step of asking all 60 well-heeled attendees to hand in their cell phones before entering. They were literally asked to put them in a plastic bag.
This new step is meant to prevent leaks.
Zeke Miller of Buzzfeed points out:
The fundraising sessions are one of the last vestige of privacy for the president outside of the White House, and a rare opportunity for top donors to hear relatively unscripted remarks by the most powerful man in the world, and to ask him questions.
But Obama got burned at a fundraiser four years ago, when someone surreptitiously recorded him attributing his primary losses to voters who “who cling to their guns and religion” and then leaked it.
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