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Michelle Obama raising money on taxpayer's dime?

by The Madeleine Brand Show

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Producer J.J. Abrams (L) and First Lady Michelle Obama discuss Joining Forces with Hollywood Trade Representatives at the Writers Guild Theatre on June 13, 2011 in Beverly Hills. Michael Buckner/Getty Images

First Lady Michelle Obama is in California on a two day fundraising trip. Yesterday she sat on a panel in Los Angeles, discussing the portrayal of military personal in the media. Today she's in the Bay Area raising dollars for her husband's re-election campaign. But critics say that taxpayers' dollars shouldn't be spent when on fundraising business. Paul Ryan is an attorney with the Campaign Legal Center in Washington DC; it's a non partisan, not for profit organization that examines campaign finance and elections and he joins the show to talk about this.

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