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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Obama Slams McCain for lobbyists, while Obama keeps his own Lobbyists close

ORIGINAL POST ON SEPTEMBER 18

UPDATE 9/18 THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN CONTACTED ABOUT ANSWERING QUESTIONS ABOUT THE LOBBYISTS WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO HIM AND THOSE WHO HAVE ENDORSED HIM. I AWAIT THEIR RESPONSE.

UPDATE 2 9/21: THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN HAS STILL NOT MADE A RESPONSE. THE MCCAIN CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN CONTACTED AND ASKED IF THEY WOULD LIKE TO COMMENT IN LIGHT OF THE OBAMA AD CAMPAIGN ATTACKING MCCAIN FOR LOBBYIST INVOLVEMENT

In an article with the San Francisco Chronicle Barack Obama said about John McCain
"This is somebody who's been in Congress for 26 years, who put seven of the most powerful Washington lobbyists in charge of his campaign.

Now I am fairly bipartisan in this campaign as I do not support Obama and the jury is still out on McCain, but I have heard this before from Obama and I would like to clear up the myths and outright lies. Obama says that he does not take money from lobbyists, that his competitor does, and that we need change. Obama says that he is change you can count on, but I beg to differ. The Obama campaign has told its' supporters and potential donors that he does not take contributions from lobbyists and that is why he needs people to donate. I myself have received numerous calls the local office asking for money, using the very same line of him not taking money from Washington Lobbyists. That is not so according to official records.

Obama, if you take no money from lobbyists, if you have no lobbyists in your camp, than who are the following people and what is the money they are giving to you? It is one thing to tell your supporters that contributions from lobbyists must come to an end but it is another to tell them that you receive no contributions from lobbyists.


  • Frank M. Clark-chairman and CEO of Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation. As an Obama bundler, Clark raised $200,000+. FEC records show that on January 26, 2007, he personally contributed $2,000.


  • Scott Blake Harris is the managing partner of the Washington, D.C., firm Harris Wiltshire and Grannis, which handles such legislative issues as Communications/Broadcasting/ Radio/TV, Science/Technology, Telecommunications, and Trade (Foreign and Domestic), as well as representing the Computing Technology Industry Association. As an Obama bundler, Harris raised $200,000+. FEC records show that on March 15, 2007, he personally contributed $2,000.


  • Allan J. Katz is a shareholder and chairman of the Policy Practice Group at Akerman Senterfitt in Tallahassee, Florida. Katz is a Member of the Florida Democratic Committee and Democratic National Committee, and Tallahassee City Commissioner. As an Obama bundler, Katz raised $200,000+ with Marilyn Katz of MK Communications (who personally contributed $1,000 to Obama for America on January 21, 2007)


  • Robert S. Litt is a partner at the Washington, D.C. firm Arnold & Porter, a regulatory and public affairs firm which represents multiple clients in a variety of industries. As an Obama bundler, Litt raised an unknown amount of money. FEC records show that Litt personally contributed $2,300 on February 26, 2007 and $2,300 on May 2, 2007.


  • Thomas J. Perrilli is managing partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Jenner and Block, which includes among its clients the National Cable and Telecommunications Association and Time Warner Inc. As an Obama bundler, Perrelli raised $200,000+. FEC records show that Perrelli personally contributed $2,100 on January 16, 2007, and $200 on March 5, 2007; and $2,300 on March 21, 2007.


  • Thomas A. Reed is Of Counsel at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP (K&L Gates), which represents multiple industries and multiple clients. As an Obama bundler, Reed raised $200,000+. FEC records show that on March 20, 2007, Reed personally contributed $2,300.


  • Paul N. Roth is a partner at the New York firm Schulte Roth & Zabel, which represents financial institutions, investments, securities, including Cerberus Capital Partners. As an Obama bundler, Roth raised at least $50,000. FEC records show that on March 20, 2007, Roth personally contributed $2,300.


  • Alan D. Solomont of Solomont Bailis Ventures in Massachusetts represents Health Services/HMOs. As an Obama bundler, Solomont raised $200,000+. FEC records show that Solomont personally contributed $2,100 on January 26, 2007; $2,500 on March 30, 2007; (Rebecca Solomont at the same address made two $2,300 contributions on the same day); and $2,300 on March 30, 2007


  • Tom E. Wheeler is managing director of Core Capital Partners, a private equity fund in Washington, D.C. As an Obama bundler, Wheeler raised $100,000+. FEC records show that Wheeler personally contributed $2,100 on January 16, 2007; $2,500 on May 2, 2007; and an additional $2,300 on May 2, 2007.

Note: This information was taken from sourcewatch.org and was checked against the FEC.

Those most certainly look like lobbyist contributions to me. But let us not forget about the lobbyist endorsements as well Mr. Obama, which look something like this.

* Kevin Chavous--Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal
* Tom Daschle--Alston & Bird
* Stan Fendley--Corning
* Elizabeth Fox--Jolly/Rissler
* Francis Grab--Washington Council Ernst & Young
* Tim Hannegan--Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates
* Tom Jensen--Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal
* Broderick Johnson--Bryan Cave Strategies
* Mark Keam--Verizon
* Bob Maloney--Maloney Government Relations
* Marcus Mason--The Madison Group
* Andy Rosenberg--Ogilvy Government Relations
* Bobby Sepucha--Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal
* Tom Walls--McGuireWoods
* Michael Williams--Credit Suisse

Note: This information was taken from Roll Call and is listed on sourcewatch.org

So Obama and the Obama campaign, what do you say about these things? You tell supporters and potential contributors that you do not accept lobbyist contributions but in fact you do. Is that really change we can count on?

If you would like to address this I can be emailed at thelifeofanthony@gmail.com

Anthony

Sources:
sourcewatch.org
Roll Call
FEC

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