Obama Earmarks for a Fundraiser

Carol Platt Liebau
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Posted: Sep 11, 2008 3:09 PM
From this morning's Washington Times:

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama tried to direct more than $3 million in taxpayer funds to a Chicago museum whose chairman is one of the Illinois senator's largest campaign fundraisers.

Mr. Obama has twice since fiscal 2006 sought to have taxpayers foot the bill for a new theater projector and other equipment at the Adler Planetarium on the Lake Michigan waterfront.  . . .

The planetarium's chairman, then and still, is Frank Clark, chief executive of ComEd, a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Energy. He has pledged to raise more than $200,000 for Mr. Obama's run for the White House.

And there's a Biden connection, too:

Moreover, the Adler Planetarium is represented by the lobbying firm National Group LLP, co-founded by William Oldaker, who helped launch Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr.'s political action committee in 2005.  . . . 

Barack has expressed pride in his ability to haul in the pork.  In contrast, Sarah Palin killed the Bridge to Nowhere (while Barack voted for it); what's more, Governor Palin cut Alaska's earmark requests in half last year.  That contrasts well with the $100 million in earmarks Barack delivered to Illinois last year -- and the near billion in requests for pet projects he's submitted since 2005.