Obama's Lobbyist Hypocrisy

Matt Lewis
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Posted: Jun 06, 2008 9:53 AM
Obama continues to talk about being a "new kind of politician," but his posturing on lobbyists seems a bit hypocritical.  Here are a few examples:

... Obama continues to accept money from employees of lobbying firms who aren't technically registered lobbyists.  How hard would it be for a lobbyist to have his "employee" make a donation to Obama (in exchange for a favor, of course?).

... Obama will accept money from past lobbyists -- as well as statehouse lobbyists.

... MoveOn -- a large pac -- is encouraging folks to give money to Obama through them.  They admit the goal is to gain "influence."  Will Obama reject this money?  No way.

... Two arms of the Democratic Party (DCCC and DSCC) will continue taking money from lobbyists.  Obama is the head of the Democratic Party.  If he really wanted to impose a rule to ban lobbyist money, don't you think he could?  More importantly, though, money spent by these Democratic Committees will help Obama by increasing turnout for Democratic Congressional candidates.

Aside from the fact that Obama is obviously tight with lobbyists, the fact that he is playing the game of pretending not to be -- makes him even more of a "politician." 

As far as I'm concerned, Obama can do whatever he wants to do, so long as it is legal.  But the establishment media shouldn't let him get away with posing as a "new kind of politician," either ...