Former Lobbyist Holding Obama Fundraiser Tonight

Amanda Carpenter
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Posted: May 08, 2008 7:05 PM

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has promised he would not accept campaign donations from lobbyists, but apparently former lobbyists don’t fall into his self-imposed ban.

Antill E. Trotter, who lobbied Congress from 2000-2004, is holding an “exclusive” fundraiser for him, just blocks away from his Senate office at Union Station in Washington D.C. this evening.

According to Obama’s campaign website, the minimum donation to attend is $1,000 and donations are encouraged up to $10,000. Thos who raised at least $10,000 are given access to a “special pre-reception” with Obama. 

Senate lobbying records show Trotter was a registered federal lobbyist for Sher and Blackwell, LLP. Trotter specialized in telecommunications, transportation and environmental issues from 2000-2004. Some of Trotter's clients included AT&T, The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, NCS Healthcare and the World Shipping Council.

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