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The Prince of Parse: Obama's BS About Lobbyists

The ObamaBobbleheads will probably be gnawing at my ankles over this, but I'm not even playing this piano - just pointing to someone else's analysis.

Obama claims that he doesn't take money from lobbyists. The truth is, he is as beholden to special interest groups as all of the other candidates.

The truth? How dare someone inject the truth into the Obama equation.

The word "lobbyist" seems to have a particular meaning in Obama's campaign vocabulary. His stump speeches imply that he is not taking money from people who want things from the government and push for them. The reality is that he has.

Reality? There you go again - what a buzz killer, man. Quick - the antidote! "Yes, We Can Ignore Reality... Yes, We Can Ignore Reality... Yes, We Can Ignore Reality...."

Contributions made by the various industry sectors tell the real story in a presidential race. And Opensecrets.org shows that Obama is picking up gobs of money put on the table by these special interests -- including those involved in health care, which will surely have a lot riding on the outcome of the election and will expect to be heard after the election is over.

Consider the sector called lawyers and law firms. Clearly, lawyers and law firms lobby on behalf of their own interests -- like fighting malpractice reform, which could again surface as a thorny issue for the new administration. Clinton and Obama have raised similar amounts from lawyers and law firms -- $11.8 and $9.5 million. McCain and Huckabee have taken far less. The health sector has also given to Obama, Clinton, and McCain. In the pharmaceutical and health product industries, contributions to Clinton total $349,000 and $338,000 to Obama. Again, McCain trails in donations at about $98,000, an indication that the sector sees the real action on the Democratic side of the ballot. Health professionals, which include doctors, nurses, and dentists, have given Clinton some $2.3 million and Obama $1.7 million.

"Yes, It's Bullshit, Yes, It's Bullshit"

Ask one hundred Obama supporters if their candidate takes money from lobbyists and 99 will tell you no.

And where is the media through all of this? The liberal media is up in paragraph 5, chanting "Yes, We Can Ignore Reality" along with the ObamaBobbleheads, while the conservative media sits quietly, waiting for Obama to be swept into the nomination before they expose his lies.

This year it was the Democrats' election to lose, and it looks like if the Obamatrons have their way we'll succeed in losing it.

Last August 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." If Obama's leadership on campaign financing is indeed evolving, more news outlets should be following the evolution.

They will, as soon as Obama nails the nomination.


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