Politics

Amazon Scores Exclusive Interview With Obama After Major Campaign Donations

| by Sylvan Lane

Scoring an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama isn’t easy. However, if employees of your company contributed over $160,000 to his presidential campaign, and other business interests are considered, that one-on-one may not be that hard to land.

On Tuesday, Amazon released a one-on-one interview with Pres. Obama on their journalism platform Kindle Singles. On Thursday, it was revealed that employees of the company contributed around $166,000 in total to his 2012 re-election campaign, according to data compiled by the Center For Responsive Politics, The New York Post reported.

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Not only does Amazon sell Pres. Obama’s books, but Amazon Web Services helped build the data storage and retrieval system for his campaign’s get-out-the-vote operation, according to The Post.

“During the campaign, the AWS solution helped facilitate the fund-raising of hundreds of millions of dollars, prioritized millions of phone calls and coordinated thousands of volunteers,” Amazon claims on its website.

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Recently, Pres. Obama spoke at an Amazon warehouse in Tennesee, which the company coupled with discounts on his book, according to The Washington Times.

“As President Obama visits an Amazon.com distribution center Tuesday, the online retailer is reducing the prices of several of the president’s books, just weeks after the Justice Department successfully prosecuted Amazon’s competitors in the publishing world for price-fixing,” according to The Times.

“The paperback version of Mr. Obama’s 2004 book, “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance,” has been reduced from $14.95 to $10.76. Amazon has cut the price of a hardcover copy of the 2010 book, “Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters,” by Mr. Obama and Loren Long, from $17.99 to $12.95.”

Sources: The New York Post, The Washington Times