Obama did not make a Public Financing pledge
by map, Sun Apr 27, 2008 at 11:01:00 AM EDT
First I need to state that this is not a call out diary. I'm including statements by Jerome Armstrong and myself only to bring people up to date on the disucssion. Others made similar statements; I wasn't the only one.
Jerome made the following statement in his front page diary today.
Obama would be re-writing the rules with the above claims that the RNC and 527's be counted or ended. I'm sure he's not going to accept public financing, but his previous pledge to do so, and attempt to change the rules midway through the game, doesn't seem like as clear a way as him to wiggle out of it.
I responded with the following statement
Here's Obama's full stand on public financing, what Jerome falsely calls a pledge to accept.http://media.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/p olitics/content/Questionnaire_Midwest_De mocracy_Network_Obama_02192008.pdf
If you are nominated for President in 2008 and your major opponents agree to forgo private funding in the general election campaign, will you participate in the presidential public financing system?
Comments (please limit to 250 words or less):
I have been a long-time advocate for public financing of campaigns combined with free television and radio time as a way to reduce the influence of moneyed special interests. I introduced public financing legislation in the Illinois State Senate, and am the only 2008 candidate to have sponsored Senator Russ Feingold's (D-WI) bill to reform the presidential public financing system. In February 2007, I proposed a novel way to preserve the strength of the public financing system in the 2008 election. My plan requires both major party candidates to agree on a fundraising truce, return excess money from donors, and stay within the public financing system for the general election. My proposal followed announcements by some presidential candidates that they would forgo public financing so they could raise unlimited funds in the general election. The Federal Election Commission ruled the proposal legal, and Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has already pledged to accept this fundraising pledge. If I am the Democratic nominee, I will aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election.
You know, I expect false accusation against Obama from McCain and MSM, not from progressive bloggers.
Sure, thats the second or third revision, lol.
I don't know where to start with this sort of revisionist stuff on Obama's pledge (he called it that) to accept public financing. Yes, he revised it, and continues to revise it along the way. I guess we'll take it up in another post with all the quotes.
I've checked Nexis/Lexis records of all newspaper and wire stories using the query 'Obama w/5 "public financing"' and found that the earliest reference to the "pledge" was a NY Times story in March of 2007. My previous link, the one that was called the 2nd or 3rd revision, was from October 2007.
So... what was said in March?
The exact same thing that was said in October. There was no change. None.
Mr. Obama laid out his proposal last month to the Federal Election Commission, seeking an opinion on its legality. The commissioners formally approved it on Thursday.
The manager of Mr. McCain's campaign, Terry Nelson, said he welcomed the decision.
"Should John McCain win the Republican nomination, we will agree to accept public financing in the general election, if the Democratic nominee agrees to do the same," Mr. Nelson said.
A spokesman for Mr. Obama, Bill Burton, said, "We hope that each of the Republican candidates pledges to do the same."
Mr. Burton added that if nominated Mr. Obama would "aggressively pursue an agreement" with whoever was his opponent.
Obama is not trying to change the rules or wiggle out of a "pledge". It is a republican and MSM talking point that an unconditional pledge was made. As progressives we need to stop catapulting the propoganda against our likely nominee.