Skip to comments.Shocker: Obama takes lobbyist money
Posted on 07/30/2008 9:24:58 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
Last month, Barack Obama announced that my party would not take donations from federally-registered lobbyists or their PACs. Somehow, that news failed to make it to his own campaign. Roll Call took a peek at lobbying disclosures for the first half of 2008, and discovered $15,000 of donations from dozens of lobbyists:
Lobbyists might be persona non grata on the presidential campaign trail, but that hasnt put them off of donating to the presumptive Democratic nominee, Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.).
Obama has pledged to forgo contributions from federally registered lobbyists. Yet, more than 40 have donated nearly $15,000 to his presidential campaign this year, according to records recently filed with the Senate and House.
The latest tally, as of Tuesday, comes as lobbyists have begun filing their LD-203 forms, a requirement of the Honest Government and Open Leadership Act of 2007. The provision requires lobbyists and all lobbying organizations to file forms to the Senate and House by July 30 and Jan. 30 that list ties to political action committees, federal campaign contributions over $200 and expenditures for events that honor officials covered by the law.
Roll Call asked the Obama campaign to explain this apparent reversal of policy. Team Obama claimed that they would refund any donation they find that came from a lobbyist but that they rely on lobbyists to identify themselves at the time of the donation. That seems a little strange to me; if we can rely on lobbyists to be honest, then why does Obama reject their contributions at all?
Besides, the lobbyists say that Obamas lips say NO, but his fundraisers say YES:
(Excerpt) Read more at hotair.com ...
Money, false documents, free concerts before campaign appearances, dead choir directors.........you name it, whatever it takes to attempt to gain power
Obama abides by the old radical activist saying, “By any means necessary.”
Clearly not from special interest groups......
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