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Amazon employees gave Obama $116,000 before exclusive interview

- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 1, 2013

Amazon scored a rare, exclusive interview with President Obama on Tuesday, and a report by the New York Post has suggested it may have something to do with the hefty donation the retailer giant's employees  gave the president for his reelection.

According to the report, Amazon employees donated more than $116,000 to Mr. Obama's 2012 campaign — more than four times as much as the company's workers gave Mitt Romney.

Before Obama's speech about his economic plan at an Amazon.com warehouse in Tennessee, the company announced it was hiring more than 5,000 new full-time workers at its warehouses across the country.

On Wednesday, the retailer conducted a sit-down interview with Mr. Obama, which it will feature in its new Kindle Singles Corner. It also slashed the price of the president's 2004 memoir, "Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance," from $14.95 to $10.76.

"Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters," by Mr. Obama and Loren Long was also reduced from $17.99 to $12.95.

According to the New York Post, Amazon Web Services also helped build the "high-tech data storage and retrieval system for the Obama campaign's get-out-the-vote operation."

"During the campaign, the AWS solution helped facilitate the fund-raising of hundreds of millions of dollars, prioritized millions of phone calls and coordinated thousands of volunteers," Amazon said on its Web site.

The reception to Mr. Obama's Amazon interview has been relatively even-keeled, receiving the lowest rating of one star from 164 readers and the highest rating of 5 stars from only 136.

"I am going to boycott Amazon for a couple of weeks for this one," wrote John Rrister, who gave the interview one star, The Post reported. "I would rather do business with companies who remain nonpolitical."

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