Obama aide accepted fee from Iran-linked firm
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Senior White House advisor David Plouffe accepted a US$100,000 (S$124,100) speaking fee from an affiliate of a company doing business with Iran, The Washington Post reported on Monday, sparking a political row.
The newspaper said the payment came from a subsidiary of MTN Group, a South Africa-based telecommunications company, which at that time was actively involved in business with a state-owned Iranian telecommunications firm.
The funds covered two speeches Mr Plouffe made in Nigeria in December 2010, about a month before he joined the White House staff, the report said.
United States authorities are now scrutinising MTN Group because of its activities in Iran and Syria, The Post said.