Yes Mr. Obama, a Lobbyist IS Running Your Campaign Hotlist

Cross-posted from Daily Kos; my first diary here
In last night's debate, honey-tongued Barack Obama eloquently made his case for 'change.' Obama wants to form a coalition of willing Democrats, independents, and yes -- even Republicans -- to shake up Washington. Before Mr. Obama does to  Washington, the first term Senator may want to consider shaking up his own campaign: His New Hampshire co-chair Jim Demers is a lobbyist for the pharmaceutical industry.

Hillary Clinton informed the Senator that a lobbyist was running his campaign during a sharp exchange about health care. Obama righteously denied the charge, but unfortunately for Obama, it was
proven true by Time's Mark Halperin. Obama was either grossly misinformed or worse. More after the Flip.

How could Barack Obama not know that his campaign chair is a Big Pharma lobbyist? You can see the exchange here with your own eyes: ;rel=1

In order to understand the full dimension of Obama's coziness with lobbyists, you have to go back to his Chicago stumping grounds.

According to the Associated Press, "Barack Obama played poker and basketball with lobbyists when he was a state senator. He took their campaign donations and worked with them to write legislation ... A look at Obama's seven years in the Illinois Legislature reveals a complicated relationship with lobbyists - particularly for someone who now makes criticism of lobbyists a centerpiece of his presidential campaign."

In the present Obama makes bold statements such as this:

"We have chance to say to the corporate lobbyist, your days of setting the agenda in Washington are over. They have not funded my campaigns, they will not run my White House, and they will not drown out the voice of the American people when I am president of the United States." - Barack Obama in Concord, New Hampshire, January 2008 [emphasis mine]

But his rhetoric is not matched by the reality of his campaign's actions; he has a lobbyist running the show in New Hampshire. In this case, it is a lobbyist whom is registered to lobby for Pfizer and PhRMA.

What's more, Obama has paid lobbyists on his staff. The No Quarter blog reported that:

"Three political aides on Sen. Barack Obama's (D-Ill.) payroll were registered lobbyists for dozens of corporations, including Wal-Mart, British Petroleum and Lockheed Martin, while they received payments from his campaign, according to public documents."

In a recent interview with MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, David Bonior, Edwards' campaign manager, made this observation:

"If you look at his record in Illinois when he had a major -- sponsored a major health bill that's what he did. He watered down with the help of the corporate lobbyist and they got a weak product out of that."

Is Barack misinformed, or is he lying?  Democrats need to take a much harder look at Senator Obama, before the fox(s) ends up running the biggest of all hen houses. America cannot afford to play poker with our next President. It's about integrity.

UPDATE: Obama's national co-chair is ALSO a lobbyistAND so is a member of his Nevada steering committee. Poker anyone?

Tags: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Lobbyists (all tags)



Re: Yes Mr. Obama, a Lobbyist IS Running Your Camp

Tips? Are there tips on this site? I heard there was better discourse.

by owl06 2008-01-06 12:09PM | 0 recs
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not if you're a clinton fan. Not lately at least.

by world dictator 2008-01-06 12:12PM | 0 recs
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How did you guess? ;-)

by owl06 2008-01-06 12:25PM | 0 recs
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there is better discourse here. Welcome.

by MollieBradford 2008-01-06 12:16PM | 0 recs
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by owl06 2008-01-06 12:45PM | 0 recs
For you, owl...

Of course!!

Thanks so much for crossposting here. Word needs to get out that Obama can't match his rhetoric with real action. We need to know what Obama's weaknesses are before we nominate him, and the CReeps destroy him in the GE. When Obama allows himself to be targeted so easily, I fear what kind of attacks the GOPers intend to throw at him.

by atdleft 2008-01-06 12:19PM | 0 recs
Re: For you, owl...

Thanks for the kind words my friend. I'm glad to have  discovered this site.

by owl06 2008-01-06 12:24PM | 0 recs
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good stuff

by Seymour Glass 2008-01-06 07:13PM | 0 recs
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damitt...if there was only more time to nail him.

And then there is SC where she can't go at him hard!!!!

by Louverture 2008-01-06 12:11PM | 0 recs
Here you go

Cheesy spam rolls seems right for you:

2 packages (10-count size) small French rolls
2 cups shredded cheese* -- divided
2 cans (8 oz size) roasted garlic tomato sauce
1 medium onion -- chopped very fine
1 can (4.5 oz size) chopped ripe olives
4 hard-boiled eggs -- grated
1 can (12 oz size) Spam® luncheon meat -- finely diced


* You can use monterey jack, cheddar or Velveeta.

Slice dinner rolls in half and hollow out centers slightly to make shallow bowls. Place the rolls on a baking sheet and bake at 350° F until they are crisp, about 5 minutes.

Reserve 1 cup cheese for topping. Combine the remaining cheese, tomato sauce, chopped onion, olives, grated eggs and diced Spam.

Spread the mixture on toasted rolls, covering well. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Bake at 350° for about 10 minutes or until cheese melts and is bubbly.

by MollieBradford 2008-01-06 12:19PM | 0 recs
Re: Here you go

mmm sounds delish.

by owl06 2008-01-06 12:26PM | 0 recs
are his supporters really dumb enough

to think there is some difference?  The state agencies his state lobbyist buddies work for also benefit from any federal legislation he sponsors and votes for that is favorable to their industry.

by MollieBradford 2008-01-06 12:59PM | 0 recs


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