Plouffe Pulled in $100,000 from Company Affiliated with Iran
7:17 AM, Aug 6, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
A top aide to President Barack Obama pulled in $100,000 from a company affiliated with Iran, the Washington Post reports. The sum was paid to David Plouffe in 2010 for speeches in Nigeria.
"A subsidiary of MTN Group, a South Africa-based telecommunications company, paid Plouffe for two speeches he made in Nigeria in December 2010, about a month before he joined the White House staff," the Washington Post reports.
"Since Plouffe’s speeches, MTN Group has come under intensified scrutiny from U.S. authorities because of its activities in Iran and Syria, which are under international sanctions intended to limit the countries’ access to sensitive technology. At the time of Plouffe’s speeches, MTN had been in a widely reported partnership for five years with a state-owned Iranian telecommunications firm."