Campaign bundlers and state dinners

By Laurie Bennett

February 12, 2014 at 3:30pm

While the supposed purpose of state dinners is to strengthen diplomatic ties, they’re also a great way to thank campaign fundraisers.

The interactive Muckety map above shows Obama bundlers who were invited to the White House Tuesday night for the soiree honoring French President Francois Hollande.

While Washington insiders might shrug this off as business as usual, it’s worth mentioning that taxpayers foot the bills for the elaborate affairs.

Records obtained by CBS News show that state dinners can cost more than $500,000.

Among the wealthy supporters invited to the dinner: Qualcomm founder Irwin Mark Jacobs, Dallas investor Cappy McGarr, and DNC Finance Chair Jane Stetson.

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