David Plouffe, a senior White House adviser who was President Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, accepted a $100,000 speaking fee in 2010 from an affiliate of a company doing business with Iran’s government.
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.
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. (Continues)