Obamas Lobby Hobby…..

The word “lobbyist” seems to have a particular meaning in Obama’s campaign vocabulary. His stump speeches implied that he doesn’t take money from people who want things from the government and push for them. The reality is that he has.   

obama-pigTo explain: Opensecrets.org, the Web site of the Center for Responsive Politics, is the most authoritative source on campaign finances. Basing its reports on data from the Federal Election Commission, the Center shows that Obama indeed doesn’t take much money from a sector the Center calls “lobbyists.” Through the end of December 2007, Obama received contributions of about just $86,000 from this group. 

In August 2007 The Boston Globe, in a piece by Scott Helman, took a hard look at Obama’s contributions, noting that “behind Obama’s campaign rhetoric about taking on special interests lies a more complicated truth.”  

That truth revealed that as a state legislator in Illinois, a U.S. senator, and as a presidential aspirant, Obama had collected hundreds of thousands of dollars from lobbyists and PACs. Helman quoted an Obama campaign spokeswoman saying that after he experienced firsthand the influence of Washington lobbyists, he was taking a different approach to fundraising than he had in the past, and that “his leadership position on this issue is an evolving process.” 

Cut to President Obama February 2009.   

USA TODAY — Lobbyists are lining up for pieces of economic stimulus package: “Despite pledges by the President and congressional leaders to keep special projects out of the legislation, groups ranging from a home builders’ coalition to an Indian tribe in Oklahoma have hired lobbyists recently to help them secure a piece of the $900 billion economic stimulus package moving through Congress. More than two dozen organizations have filed lobbying registration forms since Election Day that list the stimulus package — known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — as a focus of their lobbying efforts, according to a USA TODAY review of records compiled by the non-partisan CQ MoneyLine.” 

“It’s a lobbyist full-employment act,” Steve Ellis, vice president of the budget watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense, said of the package. “This is a big train, and everything is hopping on board. 

Here are some very interesting facts, that unfortunately but not surprisingly didn’t get much media attention during the primary!

 

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8 Responses

  1. Obots don’t care about facts. These are the same kids who steal music off the internet instead of paying for it.

  2. We wouldn’t be in this fucking mess if they cared. They were too busy jacking off to the Obama poster over their beds. Now I hear they have reached a tentative deal on the fucking stim pack.

  3. yeah — and barry and michelle had no f’ing clue what they were getting into — they though wow — gadgets and fun — now they can’t wait to get out of the white house — school trip and spa trip

  4. So much for being green now the moron is flying around in Air Force one because he’s a restless soul. Well, fuck him.

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/0209/restless_potus_940a1af4-b584-4310-9302-7397329e9b69.html

  5. yeah —– HOW MUCH DOES IT COSTS TO FLY AROUND ??

    Already going to camp david —–

    they are in it for the toys —— not the job

  6. You just can’t fix stupid. Not even with a $1 Trillion stimulus/spending package – and you can’t fix ugly – if you could, Michelle would have done it by now.

  7. Before they left for Camp David, they went on “date night” the stinking media makes such a big deal about their date night…as if no other president or any other couple is in love but them….enough!! Not everything they do is going to be repeated by the rest of the world… Tell me how many other presidents have gone to the Kennedy Center? Did we hear it as Date Night? Pulllezzzzz…..

  8. Barry & Shelly deserve one another. They created this illusion of the obamamessiah, he’s gonna fall on his ass – last weeks mishaps and hypocrisy are proof of that. In the not to distant future the obamas will make history yet again when they both have low approval ratings (single digits) and Obama is the first President to ever have a pharm company (Pzifer) develop a drug to help cure Acute Obamaitis.

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