The Madeleine Brand Show for June 14, 2011

Michelle Obama raising money on taxpayer's dime?

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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.

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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