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Obama taps Democratic Party activist as envoy to South Africa

Patrick Gaspard

Patrick Gaspard

(GIN) —The New Republic outlined his achievements and some disappointments. He organized successful ground operations for Obama in Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania. However campaign finance laws were broken under his watch at America Coming Together, a voter registration body. The group was fined $775,000, the third largest penalty of the Federal Election Commission in its three decade history.

“Irrespective of what your calling is in life, there is some intersection with government, and therefore with politics, and it behooves all of us to have a toe in the pool of political action,” Gaspard told theGrio. “But more than most, I think because of the unique history that African Americans have in this country, we can ill afford to be in a position where others are determining the fate of our community, whilst we’re on the outside looking in.”

 

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