...ethics watchdogs said he left himself open to creating the appearance of a conflict of interest, a situation senators are encouraged to avoid in their code of ethics.
Whenever a politician seeks help for a project in which supporters are involved, it can “spawn all kinds of traps and minefields,” said Leslie Paige, a spokeswoman for the nonpartisan Citizens Against Government Waste, an advocacy group.
“The appearance of a conflict of interest is almost as bad as a conflict of interest,” she said.
October 08, 2008
Obama Seeks Government Grant For Donor
We might as well just pile on. Here's more questionable activity from Obama reported in the Washington Times.