order of discovery . . .
Robert Bauer -- Obama's
Robert Bauer, the chief of the political law group at
Perkins Coie, the Seattle law firm hired by the White House to defend
Obama in court cases challenging his "natural born" citizenship status
in the United States and thus, his eligibility under the U.S.
Constitution to be president.
Bauer has done his best to prevent
the American public from seeing a wide range of Obama's records that
could prove, or disprove, his eligibility to occupy the Oval Office
under the Constitution's requirement that the president be a "natural
Documents concerning Obama that the White House
has refused to release to the public include his long-form birth
certificate and his passport records, as well as other records that may
possibly be relevant, such as records regarding Obama's possible
adoption by his Indonesian stepfather or college application and tuition
financial aid records which would reveal whether Obama was ever
registered as a foreign student.
Federal Election Commission
records show $1,352,378.95 in payments were made by Obama for America to
Perkins Coie while the law firm was representing Obama in various court
cases which have sought to obtain Obama's long-form birth certificate to
determine if he is a "natural born" citizen under Article Two, Section 1
of the Constitution.
Bauer, a Democratic Party partisan, has a
history of defending Democratic Party presidential hopefuls.
A biography for Bauer posted on the Perkins Coie website indicates
he was general counsel to the Democratic National Committee during the
presidential campaign of Sen. John Kerry and that he served as counsel
to Sen. Tom Daschle, the Democratic leader in the impeachment trial
proceedings of President Bill Clinton.
During the 2008
presidential campaign, Bauer functioned as an "attack lawyer,"
threatening with FEC complaints groups wanting to run anti-Obama
Also during the 2008 presidential campaign, Bauer
as counsel for the Obama campaign wrote letters to television station
managers and to Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General John
Keeney arguing that airing an anti-Obama ad pointing to the known
association between Obama and Weather Underground radical
Bill Ayers would violate federal election
Also during the 2008 campaign, Bauer intervened on behalf
of Obama to block the California-based American Leadership Project from
running a television ad campaign over support from unions, including the
Service Employees International Union.
Again, Bauer filed a
complaint with the FEC alleging that the union-funded television
campaign the American Leadership Project planned to run in Indiana
against Obama was illegal under federal election laws.
addition to representing Obama on eligibility cases, Bauer also is hired
as legal counsel to represent the president in the criminal probe going
on into the activities of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Last year Bauer was at the center of the controversy over Obama's
decision to reverse course on his promise to accept pubic financing for
his presidential campaign after a meeting with Sen. John McCain's
attorney, Trevor Potter, when Bauer claimed McCain did not want to reach
a compromise on the issue.
The McCain campaign sharply
criticized Bauer's characterization of the meeting.
It was in
June 2007 when Bauer authored a piece in Huffington Post regarding Vice
President Dick Cheney's aide, Scooter Libby, arguing that liberals
should not oppose a White House pardon because a pardon would draw
President George W. Bush directly into the case, with the potential the
"presidential fingerprints" could become politically explosive.
Obama Attorney Threatens Sanctions
|After the flippant dismissal by U.S. Circuit Court Judge James Robertson
of the lawsuit to attempt to determine whether Barack Obama is
constitutionally eligible to occupy the Oval Office, D.C. attorney John Hemenway received a
letter from a lawyer representing Barack Obama and Joe Biden. (Hemenway had enjoined the suit launched by Hillary Clinton's
ally, Philip Berg, the former Deputy Attorney General of Pennsylvania
and attorney Lawrence Joyce of Arizona, in an attempt to force Obama to disclose his birth records, currently being protected against
public scrutiny by the Obama legal team at a reported cost of as much as
one million dollars.) The letter, written by Obama attorney
Robert F. Bauer, states the following:
"I represent President
Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden. I write to request that,
in light of the District Court’s March 24, 2009 Rule 11 order in
Hollister v. Soetoro, No. 08-2254, you withdraw the appeal filed in the
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, No. 09-5080. For the
reasons stated in Judge Robertson’s order, the suit is frivolous and
should not be pursued."
"Should you decline to withdraw this
frivolous appeal, please be informed that we intend to pursue sanctions,
including costs, expenses, and attorney’s fees, pursuant to federal Rule
Appellate Procedure 38 and D.C. Circuit Rule 38."
response to the letter was a promise to "write and protest and attack
those against the demand that Obama show proof of his birth, and I will
continue to do anything I can think of doing that might perhaps deter or
injure those who are opposed to "transparency" and "openness" and
honesty in governmental operations -- all those good and vague promises
that Obama threw out in speeches read from his teleprompter."
here . . .
|Barnett v. Obama
|Is The Fix In?
In a stunning blow to the impartiality of the
American Judicial system, Federal Judge David O. Carter, who is hearing
the case Barnett vs. Obama, in the Central District, Southern Division
Court at Santa Ana, California, has just hired a lawyer who works for a
law firm where Robert F. Bauer, one of Obama’s top lawyers is a partner.
And that, just days before the Oct. 5, 2009 hearing on the Motion to
Dismiss, in which Judge Carter's demeanor radically changed.
Velamoor is the lawyer chosen by Carter to serve as one of his two
official clerks, from Oct. 1, 2009, till Sept. 30, 2010. Velamoor is
listed as an associate with Perkins Coie,
LLP’s office in Seattle, Washington. It is not clear if he has
broken his relations with the firm.
Robert F. Bauer, is a partner
of Perkins Coie, LLP’s office in Washington, D.C.. His bio at the
company identifies him as holding the Chair of the Political Law group
at the firm; general counsel to Obama’s Campaign for America and general
counsel to the Democratic National Committee.
here . . .
Update: A Wikipedia page has been cited by dozens of bloggers
after it listed Siddarth Velamoor as one of the newest law clerks for
federal Judge David Carter.
A Wikipedia editor by the name of
"Paul Pieniezny" indicated that he believed "dangerous people" may "go
nuts" with the information.
He wrote, "I have decided to delete
the entire chapter. There are dangerous people up there, with
guns. We do not want any people threatened or killed. Please
discuss if you think otherwise."
Another editor, "Leuchars,"
responded, "I don't think deleting easily available information from
Wikipedia is a good response to fears that some birther might go nuts.
Some people are already pointing to this deletion as evidence of a
conspiracy to cover things up. No reason to add fuel to the fire."
But "Pieniezny" countered, "They do not need much incitement to
go nuts. And I suppose that since Orly's demand to start discovery
got the Bastogne answer from the DOJ, they probably do not like the word
'nuts.' I do not really understand why clerks' names should be put
on the page of a judge who is dealing with a very controversial case (I
mean the Maffia [sic] one, not the Orly Taitz case, which is not
controversial at all) and of course with the Orly Taitz circus. Of
course, any edit to this page is controversial among birthers, that is
the very essence of a conspiracy theory."
|Birther Lawyer Is New White House Counsel
|Robert Bauer, Obama’s "Birther" lawyer, will replace White House
counsel Gregory Craig, who took flak for his work on the Guantanamo
that the incoming White House counsel Bob Bauer is widely respected as a
skilled and pugnacious lawyer and has the unquestioned trust of Obama’s
inner circle and a deep knowledge of the ways of Washington.
announcement Friday that he will take the place of Greg Craig, which had
been rumored for weeks, nonetheless prompted questions about whether his
experience as a campaign law expert and partisan warrior is appropriate
for a job dealing with some of the most sensitive constitutional and
national security issues in government.
Republicans moved quickly
to cast Bauer, a veteran Democratic campaign attorney with limited
government experience, as "hyperpartisan," with a former White House
counsel to President Ronald Reagan calling the pick "troubling."
Government watchdogs, who for years battled Bauer over their efforts
to reduce the role of money in politics, winced at the appointment,
fearing it would steer Obama further away from as-yet-unfulfilled
promises to bolster a campaign finance regime under attack from the
Even some Democrats privately questioned whether Bauer’s
relatively specialized background and confrontational style are
well-suited to a post that requires both a familiarity with a wide range
of sensitive legal issues -- from national security to habeas corpus to
military law -- and finesse in dealing with stakeholders outside the
Bauer’s expertise is almost entirely in political
law -- including lobbying, campaign finance and ethics -- and he is
perhaps the leading attorney in that competitive and well-paying field.
A 1976 graduate of the University of Virginia Law School, he
built the political law practice at Perkins Coie, a Seattle-based law
firm, into a powerhouse, hiring and grooming some of the top lawyers in
Today, the firm has a near-stranglehold on some of the
biggest Democratic political accounts in town; it represents the party’s
two congressional committees -- the Democratic Congressional Campaign
Committee and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee -- as well as
the individual campaigns and political action committees of many Senate
And Bauer landed the mother of all accounts --
Obama’s presidential campaign -- even before the campaign officially
began, which led to his being appointed this year to the coveted
position of lead counsel for the Democratic National Committee, a
position that also made him the lawyer for Obama’s political network,
Organizing for America.
Plus, he represents Obama and his family
in personal matters, such as the federal investigation of disgraced
former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, but Bauer's number one priority is
to keep Obama's bona fides hidden from the American People.
is married to recently resigned White House Communications Director,
. . .
|Obama Campaign Disbursements To Perkins-Coie
Now Over $5,011,230
The following is information was compiled from the official Federal
Elections Commission (FEC) website for disbursements from the Obama campaign
to Robert Bauer's law firm of Perkins Coie, which represents
Obama in various eligibility suits. The FEC links follow the
Note: When the queries
return their results, search the table on "Perkins" or "Coie"
The Obama File --
Filings by OBAMA FOR AMERICA -- C00431445
1st Quarter, 2012, FEC report for Obama for America
was not yet posted, as of 6/15/2012. I contacted the folks at the
FEC and they have informed me that the Obama for America (C00431445)
committee has been filing monthly since February 2012. So there are no
quarterly reports for 2012.
Monthly reports for October, November and December,
2012 have not yet been posted.
September 2012 FEC report for Obama for America
Perkins Coie: $289,917.27
August 2012 FEC report for Obama for America (July)
July 2012 FEC report for Obama for America (June)
Perkins Coie: $218,427.02
June 2012 FEC report for Obama for America (May)
Perkins Coie: $147,960.43
May 2012 FEC report for Obama for America (April)
Perkins Coie: $146,663.73
April 2012 FEC report for Obama for America (March)
Perkins Coie: $201,199.13
March 2012 FEC report for Obama for America (February)
Perkins Coie: $317,707.53
February 2012 FEC report for Obama for America
Perkins Coie: $257,042.32
Year End, 2011, FEC report for Obama for America
Perkins Coie: $168,367.29
3rd Quarter, 2011, FEC report for Obama for America
Perkins Coie: $248,953.65
2nd Quarter, 2011, FEC report for Obama for America
Perkins Coie: $101,838.31
1st Quarter, 2011, FEC report for Obama for America
Year End, 2010, FEC report for Obama for America
3rd Quarter, 2010, FEC report for Obama for America
2nd Quarter, 2010, FEC report for Obama for America
1st Quarter, 2010
Perkins Coie: $261,206.69
October 2009 quarterly:
Perkins Coie: $314,018.06
July 2009 quarterly:
Perkins Coie: $270,754.18
Perkins Coie: $688,316.42
Perkins Coie: $173,052.52
Amended post-general election:
Perkins Coie: $205,323.00
Total to date: $5,011,230.23
Perkins Coie does not appear in the pre-general election filing or a
few others checked randomly. You are free to pursue any further
information that is of interest. But one would assume that the
official FEC website to which the Obama and other campaigns must report
their financial activity would be taken by even the most skeptical among
us as valid documentation of the reported $1 million to $6 million, or anything in
between, figure illegally expended to defend the eligibility suits.
This information is about the legal fees AND RENT(?) only of that one law firm,
not the Department of Justice attorneys that have also represented Obama
in several courts, court fees, or other related costs.
|Obama Waives Ethics Rules For Counsel
|Kenneth P. Vogel
that when Bob Bauer replaced Greg Craig last year as White House
counsel, it seemed inevitable that he’d be working on some of the same
issues he had in his previous job as Obama’s personal and campaign
lawyer. So late Friday afternoon, in recognition of that reality,
the White House issued Bauer a waiver to ethics rules established by
Obama that prohibit officials in his administration from working on
issues affecting their former clients for two years.
would have prevented Bauer "from performing roles that someone in the
Counsel’s position ordinarily performs" and, therefore, neither "make
sense" nor are they "in the public interest," wrote White House ethics
lawyer Norm Eisen in a post on the White House blog.
works under Bauer and wrote the waiver, stressed that it is limited,
applying only to Bauer’s work at the powerhouse Democratic firm Perkins
Coie as a private lawyer for the Obama family, and for the Democratic
Bauer also served as the top lawyer for
Obama’s presidential campaign and his confluence of positions made him a
powerful member of Obama’s inner circle as well as the most influential
Democratic election lawyer in town until he replaced Craig in November.
Perkins Coie -- which paid Bauer $959,000 in 2009 and still owes
him $216,000 -- continues to represent Obama’s presidential campaign, as
well as the Obama family and the DNC. In the latter two capacities, the
firm is involved in helping Obama fill out his personal financial
disclosure statement, which is due next week, and in fighting a lawsuit
filed by the Republican National Committee seeking to overturn laws
prohibiting huge "soft money" donations to political parties.
Bauer is expected to advise the White House on those matters, and a
White House official pointed out that in both cases Bauer’s private work
is consistent with Obama’s stances in favor of disclosure and reducing
the influence of special interest money in politics.
notes that Bauer is "a leading national authority on campaign finance
and related matters and the government will benefit greatly from his
expertise," but the White House official said Bauer hadn’t advised Obama
on campaign finance litigation prior to the waiver.
his ethics rules as the toughest ever, but his administration has been
criticized by Republicans and independent government watchdog groups for
issuing waivers to it. But there wasn’t any immediate criticism
Friday evening over the Bauer waiver.
"This is precisely the
type of situation in which an ethics waiver is appropriate," said Craig
Holman, an ethics and campaign finance lobbyist for the non-profit
watchdog group Public Citizen. "The conflict of interest
requirements are intended to prevent business interests from capturing
the regulatory agencies that oversee them," said Holman, adding that "is
not an issue here, and so a waiver for Bauer is appropriate."
Added Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility
and Ethics in Washington and an occasional White House critic: "I don't
see a problem. Basically, I think the president is entitled to have the
counsel he wants."
|Back On The Firing Line
|The Washington Post
is reporting that Barack Obama’s top lawyer at the White House is
resigning to return to private practice and represent Obama as his
personal attorney and as general counsel to Obama’s re-election
campaign. The move means that Bauer, 59, will still play a central
but outside role in advising a president who is seeking re-election in a
time of divided government.
Bob Bauer will be replaced by his top
deputy, Kathy Ruemmler, a former assistant U.S. attorney best known as
lead prosecutor in the Enron fraud case. The 40-year-old Ruemmler
will take over the job as Obama’s top in-house counsel and manager of a
White House law office charged with juggling the domestic, national
security and congressional oversight challenges confronting the
In a statement, Obama praised Bauer as a friend with
exceptional judgment who will remain a close advisor. As to his
new White House-based counsel, Obama said: "Kathy is an outstanding
lawyer with impeccable judgment. Together, Bob and Kathy have led
the White House Counsel’s office, and Kathy will assure that it
continues to successfully manage its wide variety of responsibilities."
Bauer has been part of Obama’s circle since Obama was a freshmen
senator in Washington, and now returns to the campaign counsel role he
had when Obama ran in 2008. He has long been a go-to lawyer for
Democrats on matters of political law and is married to the well-known
Maoist, Anita Dunn, a Democratic communications operative who formerly
worked in Obama’s White House.
Bauer will leave his White House
post at the end of June. In a style typifying the low-key nature
of transitions in the counsel’s office, the news came in the form of a
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