Trading Places

Update: Boston Globe on Obama’s bull: But behind Obama’s campaign rhetoric about taking on special interests lies a more complicated truth. A Globe review of Obama’s campaign finance records shows that he collected hundreds of thousands of dollars from lobbyists and PACs as a state legislator in Illinois, a US senator, and a presidential aspirant.

New York Times on Edwards’ bull: Mr. Edwards, who has repeatedly criticized Mrs. Clinton for refusing to turn away donations from lobbyists, was asked at the Democratic debate in Chicago on Tuesday about his own fund-raising among lawyers. He drew a distinction by saying the job of lobbyists “is to rig this system against all of you.”

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Update: Let’s not forget this. Another myth falls apart: Democratic White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) outspent chief rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) on polling and research by almost three to one during the last three months, according to the latest financial disclosure reports filed on Sunday.
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Even though he is the Senator from Rezko, Barack Obama is still trying to delude voters into thinking he is the “clean” “new politics” candidate and not a typical conventional Chicago pol. Obama and his supporters enjoy pretending they are morally superior and fooling voters.

On July 26, 2007, Barack Obama received one of the few endorsements he has been able to scrape up in this election.

Obama said he was proud to have Hodes’ endorsement, but conceded he would not have near the number of endorsements that other candidates, like Hillary Clinton will have.

We haven’t been in Washington all that long and we haven’t traded that many favors,” Obama said.

Obama and his supporters constantly sell the line that they are pure and everyone else buys favors or influence. Obama is good with the flowery language of denunciation but reality is contrary to what he says.

Two weeks after Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) won the first endorsement of a lawmaker from Iowa or New Hampshire, a new fundraising report shows that he has spent the past two months using money from his leadership political action committee (PAC) to court them.

Obama showered lawmakers from Iowa and New Hampshire with contributions while other presidential hopefuls turned their focus to raising money for their presidential campaign accounts, records show. [snip]

In June, Obama gave $5,000 contributions from his PAC, Hopefund, to every Democratic member of Congress from Iowa and New Hampshire. On June 15, he gave to Reps. Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire, and Reps. Bruce Braley, David Loebsack and Leonard Boswell of Iowa. At the end of the month, he wrote a $5,000 check to Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).

Obama’s wooing paid off last month. On July 26, Hodes became the first lawmaker from Iowa or New Hampshire to make an endorsement in the Democratic primary, throwing his support to Obama.

Thom Edsall has a few thoughts on Obama and his “new politics” today and the issue of lobbyists:

Edwards and Obama may not be taking contributions from federally registered lobbyists, but that does not mean that their money is as pure as they’d like us to believe.

Edwards’ 2004 campaign manager, Nick Baldick, who is currently a senior adviser to the 2008 campaign, is a founder of the Washington lobbying firm Avenue Solutions, which includes among its clients Aetna, Northwest Airlines, the Healthcare Leadership Council, Medco, Travelers Cos. Inc., and the Financial Services Roundtable.

Baldick left the firm in 2006 to found Hilltop Public Solutions which, according to its website, has “managed winning campaigns for clients that have included the nation’s largest financial services firm, one of the nation’s largest airlines, a major fast food retailer, the world’s largest healthcare provider, and numerous additional industry leaders.” It generally performs these services at a state level and is not federally registered.

At least three staffers on the Obama campaign were registered as federal lobbyists, although two worked for such pro-Democratic clients as the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and the Environmental Defense Fund. The third, Emmett Beliveau, worked at Patton Boggs LLP, which includes among its clients Giner Electrochemical Systems, the Offshore Marine Service Association, ABT Associates, and Preferred Communications Systems.

In addition, the campaign web site Opensecrets.org reports that Edwards has received $6.5 million from lawyers, many of them trial lawyers; $668,590 from employees in the investment banking industry; $254,297 from officials of the health care industry and $218,290 from operators of hedge funds.

Obama has been no slouch in this territory, according to Opensecrets. Employees of investment banking firms gave him $3.2 million; real estate companies $1.3 million; health companies, $701,993; and hedge funds $652,105.

It’s always fun listening to Obama or Axelrod insert the word “federal” into their sentence about how Obama does not take [insert “federal” here] lobbyist money. That’s because Obama does take PAC and non-Federal lobbyists’ money.

Another example of Obama’s flowery language and thorny actions:

While pledging to turn down donations from lobbyists themselves, Sen. Barack Obama raised more than $1 million in the first three months of his presidential campaign from law firms and companies that have major lobbying operations in the nation’s capital.Portraying himself as a new-style politician determined to reform Washington, Obama makes his policy clear in fundraising invitations, stating that he takes no donations from “federal lobbyists.” His aides announced last week he was returning $43,000 to lobbyists who donated to his campaign.

But the Illinois Democrat’s policy of shunning money from lobbyists registered to do business on Capitol Hill does not extend to lawyers whose partners lobby there.

Nor does the ban apply to corporations that have major lobbying operations in Washington. And the prohibition does not extend to lobbyists who ply their trade in such state capitals as Springfield, Ill.; Tallahassee, Fla.; and Sacramento, though some deal with national clients and issues.

“Clearly, the distinction is not that significant,” said Stephen Weissman of the Campaign Finance Institute, a nonpartisan think tank that focuses on campaign issues.

He gets an asterisk that says he is trying to be different,” Weissman said. “But overall, the same wealthy interests are funding his campaign as are funding other candidates, whether or not they are lobbyists.”

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71 thoughts on “Trading Places

  1. Hi folks,

    I sensed that blogsphere wants to use ‘lobbyist’ line to create a narrative. We Hillary supporters should probably launch an aggressive counter-attack in the coming days on those nutcases’ net. We should probably stop focusing on polls a little bit, and attack those smears and use fact to tie Obama/Edwards to those special interest group mercilessly.

    Time to counter-attack!! Spread the truth.

  2. I wonder where we can get lists of all the Hedge Fund donors to Edwards and all the state lobbying money that Obama has received. Then we need to link those donors to whatever suspect activities they have done.

  3. Yes I was glad to see Huffpost criticize someone else for a change beside Hill, bloggers are up in arms. Good idea Kostner – I think your strategy is right. Kos is trying to push a miniscule Obama lead in the Ras poll today….making quite a big deal of it.

  4. DCDem, right offhand Obama’s support of coal liquification is probably a good place to start. http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4SUNA_en___US216&q=obama+coal+liquification+lobbyist

    Also, Obama taking care of Rezko and Rezko interests is a clear link to Obama being bought. Obama got Rezko tens of millions of dollars in subsidies while Obama’s constitutents froze in Rezko tenements in Obama’s state senate district.

    On August 4, 2007 the LA Times had an article “Obama Walks A Thin Green Line” with more on the topic. http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-obama4aug04,1,2082564.story?coll=la-headlines-nation

  5. kitforhill: Actually, there is no Obama lead. What Markos was pushing was the shrinking of Hillary’s margin in the Rasmussen poll. She still leads o-BOMB-a by 11 points, according to Rassmussen.

  6. DCDEM, that was what I meant to say…Sorry ….I guess I didn’t get enough coffee today! Yes, they were talking about him “trending” up by a point or two, not leading …they are making quite the big deal out that..the ones who HATE polls especially RAS

  7. Hehe,

    Does anybody know ‘Christ Bower’, the famous inventor of ‘Clinton poll inflated’ theory? He did an analysis on this IA poll. I just can’t stop laughing. Why those netnuts are so so dumb? LOL.

    According to Chris:
    Some of you might remember an old hobby horse of mine, The Inflated Clinton Poll Theory. The original hypothesis that led to the theory was that Hillary Clinton drawing disproportionate support in national and early state polls from Democrats who were less likely to vote. In the end, I concluded that thesis was incorrect, and instead argued that Clinton’s support was only overstated by the degree to which different polling firms would push undecideds to make a choice. However, a new Iowa poll suggests that, at least in Iowa, the Inflated Clinton Poll Theory might actually be valid:

  8. Kostner, Bowers is dimwitted. So dimwitted he does not even realize he is dimwitted.

    But the real tool is Matt Stoller. He is always attacking Hillary for the Iraq resolution. Stoller was one of the biggest and rabid pro war supporters anywhere. Stoller has tried to delete every sickening rabid pro-war post he ever made hoping everyone forgets of his very pro war cheerleading.

  9. Oh God there are quite a few dumb nutroots out there…then there’s annefrank who every day talks about how corporate Hillary is as opposed to the others…flubber is a real nit wit too, they were attacking areyouready today and calling him a racist, because he quoted some piece that included that some rural white voters in the South might not vote for a Black candidate. Bunch of whackjobs.

  10. annefrank is a freak. Ignore her. I serioulsy believe she has some mental problem.

    Can somebody write this latest IA poll diary on dailykos? I’ve used up my privilege today. They need some ‘shock and awe’.

    anybody? DCDemocrat?

  11. admin,

    really? That’s a shock!! Did anybody archive his comments?

    He is a freak, I want to confront him hehe.

  12. David Yepsen was on NPR this afternoon. His assessment
    was Iowa can only be won by organization. Issues are
    important but on the ground organization and
    caucus night mobilization wins. He expects the caucus
    to be moved to the first Tuesday in January now
    that SC and NH are talking about moving up.

  13. holy moly … see TPM “State of emergency possible in Pakistan”

    The government of President Gen. Pervez Musharraf is not ruling out imposing a state of emergency because of “external and internal threats” to Pakistan and deteriorating law and order in the volatile northwest near the Afghan border, a spokesman said Thursday.

    He also said statements coming from the United States, including from Sen. Barak Obama, D-Ill., a presidential hopeful, over the possibility of U.S. military action against al-Qaida in Pakistan “has started alarm bells ringing and has upset (the) Pakistani public.”

  14. Clinton 27
    Obama 22
    Edwards 22

    Somebody lend Hillary a flak jacket. The incoming is gonna get a lot worse in Iowa now.

  15. HLRocks and JFriday: Lots of stories starting to boil over.

    the obama/pakistan story is heating up and obama is trying to run away from the mess he created now that even his campaign “masterminds” must be telling him the last 2 weeks have been a loser for him, regardless of any cheers he might get from a hometown crowd.

    Hillary’s poll numbers are heating up, so yes, there will be more incoming and don your flak jackets. The question though is from whom? Edwards is shrinking to Kucinich size and Obama is spending more and more money and can’t afford to make any more mistakes or get into any other fights. Obama has been advertising and it appears with his new radio and TV ads in Iowa today he realizes he is sinking and needs to make big ATM withdrawals to float his boat. Dodd is now going after him and if Dodd has the brain Edwards is missing Dodd will get publicity and help himself by going after Obama 24/7.

    Big Bloggers are having a meltdown now that they realize they can’t stop Hillary. She took them on in Obama’s Chicago, took all their questions in a separate session and in the presidential forum and beat them at their game.

    And btw, Jerome Armstrong of mydud today had to pay $30,000 to the SEC in fines for his pump and dump schemes which fleeced money from a lot of people.

  16. Something that doesn’t get discussed much is how he’s tarring everyone who voted for the AUMF as a “co-author of a catastrophic war.”

    Hell, if I were an republican running against an incumbent Dem who voted in favor (most of them), I’d be using that line.

  17. and it’s a whole new ballgame. Fittin’ isn’t it that the gang was in Soldier Field Yesterday. First off it seems like BO is getting his own today…He sure is gettin a crash course in runnin’ for pres 101. First off, don’t mince words about “federally registered lobbyists” and claim you’re not one of the evil washington insiders when you’re playin’ the game.” I am so glad that the contributions he is getting from folks in corporations are finally comin’ out and I was glad to hear that question yesterday about “bundlers.” Second off, didn’t just about everybody on the stage yesterday tell him to shut his mouth on Pakistan. And he chose just to keep pushin’ the point. So we got the beginnin’s of an international incident right now. And he is not takin’ the criticism to well, I don’t think, cause he has got major ego issues going on. I don’t recall ever seeing such arrogance in a democrat…at least not in a long time…i’ll have to think about that one. It’ reminiscent of some that we’ve seen on the other side of the aisle, though. A very junior politician should know better than to try and push back when he’s being tag teamed by older, wiser and certainly more seasoned politcians. Just what we need the arrogance of a dick cheney and the brains of dan quayle. This is one of the many times in this campaign that i’ve had to just shake my head and say don’t that beat all…But I am worried now about the counter offensive…Things are going to heat up. If you haven’t already, spend some time on opensecret.org. It’s the site that got me all riled up this week, but I sure did learn alot. –mollyj

  18. Who did that Iowa poll, BTW?

    Also, I wouldn’t worry about Rasmussen. Tracking polls tend to be volatile, and if Obama had one really good day, that will stay in the rolling average for three days.

  19. re: Jerome Armstrong — I guess that’s why frick & frack ran off to start their own site. The cheese stands alone. No loyalty among thieves.

  20. mollyjrichards: A very junior politician should know better than to try and push back when he’s being tag teamed by older, wiser and certainly more seasoned politcians.

    My feeling is that the tag teaming has less to do with helping Hillary and more to do with electoral prospects in 2008. Dems do *not* want co-ownership of this war.

  21. So U of Iowa did the poll which showed Hillary at 27 and BO and JE at 22? What’s the moe (margin of error)? If she’s pullin away from the pack that fast it is gonna be a lively fall.

    HillaryLandRocks: good point that I hadn’t considered. BO has chosen to take a hawkish path, I don’t know however else you would characterize it. –mj

  22. Hey, kostner and admin, I was gonna write an Obama takes tainted money diary, but kostner’s plea that I write the Iowa diary caught my attention, and I went ahead and did it.

  23. wait … there’s more.

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/08/08/MN9JREV751.DTL

    California supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama are using a controversial political committee to rake in donations in excess of what is allowed under tough federal campaign finance laws.

    Exploiting a legal loophole, the Obama supporters have set up a so-called 527 group – an unregulated committee of the type deployed by Republican Swift Boat Veterans in the 2004 presidential campaign – as a centerpiece of political fundraising for the California Democratic primary in February.

    … (cont at link)

  24. Don’t get excited by the Iowa Poll. The internals for
    ABC Iowa poll had some very important informatlion.
    BO had his strength in the east, Edwards in the
    rural areas and Hillary was spread evenly throughout
    the state. If this is correct and we start to see real
    movement, it should come in Hillarys broad based
    numbers.

  25. DCDemocrat,

    I read your diary on dailykos. It’s funny, hehe. To remind you there are two notorious Clinton bashers under your diary: icebergslim, and demonisdem or sth. Both are notorious on mydd. LOL.

    I’m wondering whether we can exchange emails and discuss Hillary stuff in private.

    Since it’s not a good idea to exchange email addresses in public, can we ask admin do us a favor to establish the email connection(help us exchange email addresses)? Anybody likes this idea?

  26. BTW,

    This is the great tip we read under DCDemocrat’s diary.

    Edwards’ campaign seems stuck in neutral (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by: DCDemocrat, aaraujo, chicago minx
    He hasn’t created a lot of buzz, and until last weekend he hasn’t really taken on the other top-tier candidates. When you’re a distant third, that’s not a winning strategy. If Edwards is going to be in the race come January, he has to show everyone that he deserves to be there.

    I whispered to Joe Trippi at the YKos Edwards session, “Hey Joe! You’ve got to cut this guy loose. Wrapping him in plastic isn’t working.”

    He whispered back, “That didn’t work out too well for us last time.” It sounded like an epitaph for Edwards’ campaign. He better stop listening to that kind of advice

    It seems to me Edwards needs a brain transplant. He is dumber than I thought. LOL. Too bad, I originally expected him to at least do some damage to Obama, it looks like we have to count on Team Hillary alone!

  27. Did anyone else see this? Looks like the right is going after Hillary through Bill (via washingtonmonthly.com):

    SMEAR WATCH….Muckraker extrordinaire Dan Moldea tells Howard Kurtz that Hillary Clinton is about to be Swift Boated:

    “I have it on very, very good authority that major opposition research has already been conducted on Bill Clinton, and it’s going to be a massive smear campaign against him,” he says. A group of former intelligence officers, he says, is “going to try to cripple Hillary through Bill.”

    This oughta be good. What do you think the wingnuts can possibly say about Bill Clinton that’s worse than the mud they slung while he was in office? I mean, he’s already been accused of dealing drugs, fathering out-of-wedlock babies, murdering Vince Foster, murdering Ron Brown, and being a paid agent of the Chinese government, just to name a few. What the hell is left? Secret meetings with Osama on 9/10?

    Don your flak jackets indded!

  28. The flak jacket comment was mine; the earlier stuff nonquoted stuff is by Kevin Drum.

    BTW, isn’t it funny they have to try to get her by trashing him.

  29. Hey y’all. I think they would swiftboat both Bill and Hillary if they could.

    Admin: I agree it would be good if we could talk amongst ourselves. Can we set up as a private group on the Hillary site?

    mj

  30. kostner: I have an e-mail address published at daily kos in my little bio. I play with them. I love word games, and I give them all tips for the trouble. Except for viralvoice. I’ve decided simply to ignore him.

  31. did u guys read this? I hope this will continue to drag on O

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The government of embattled Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf said Thursday it may impose a state of emergency because of “external and internal threats” and deteriorating law and order in the volatile northwest near the Afghan border.

    Tariq Azim, minister of state for information, said talk from the United States about the possibility of U.S. military action against al-Qaida in Pakistan “has started alarm bells ringing and has upset the Pakistani public.” He mentioned Democratic presidential hopeful Barak Obama by name as an example of someone who made such comments, saying his recent remarks were one reason the government was debating a state of emergency.

    But it appeared the motivation for a declaration of an emergency would be the domestic political woes of Musharraf, a key U.S. ally in the war on terrorism who took power in a 1999 coup.

    His popularity has dwindled and his standing has been badly shaken by a failed bid to oust the country’s chief justice _ an independent-minded judge likely to rule on expected legal challenges to the Musharraf’s bid to seek a new five-year presidential term this fall.

  32. Paula,

    Maybe we can use DCDemocrat as a router to exchange email addresses? His email is in public domain.

    Regards

  33. O-Bomb-A – down down – Barrack – Down down – Obama – down down
    American down down – American flags – burnt!

    Well – all a response today in Islamabad Capital of Pakistan. The public reacts to Barack Obama!

    I must say Obama is competing with Bush to see who can get the world to hate America more. Looks like Obama is wining!

  34. Islamabad is seething with anti-Americanism. Pakistan is a nuclear power. Pakistan has 180 Million muslims seething with anti-Americanism.
    With the brilliant uniter Mr. Barack Hussein Obama – sharing his pearls of wisdom about how he would handle the foreign policy – has caused immense damage to America. There seems to be an intense competition between Bush and Obama as to who will succeed in getting America hated the most! Dare I say Obama wins hands down!!!
    Is this change? Is this fundamental change? Nope!
    We – the Americans want fundamental change – we want someone who is competent in the Oval office again!!
    Not the same incompetencies! We don’t want a democratic Bush in the office do we?? Louder please!!

  35. Does anyone find O-BOMB-A’s self-righteousness annoying? I find the way he speaks extremely irritating.

  36. Hip-Hop Mogul Russell Simmons has called Obama a ‘mouse’ and the darling of Wall Street Investment Bankers who own him. (google “Russell Simmons”, Obama and “Wall Street”). But this international incident Obama created with Pakistan? I don’t know any candidate who ever triggered an international incident before. And yes, he is becoming “Johnny-One-Note” with his answer to everything: “You voted for the War Authorization Bill”.

  37. Kostner’s suggestion about my e-mail address is fine by me. Today’s Rassmussen is up:

    Clinton 40
    Obama 28
    Edwards 11

  38. Ras has a daily poll;

    It’s not all that volatile

    “However, while Clinton’s lead has gotten smaller over the past week, the decline follows several months of growing strength for Clinton. In fact, the most recent Rasmussen Reports weekly analysis of the Democratic race was titled “Clinton Rising, Obama Falling.” The recent reversal merely puts the race back to where it was for most of June and July with Clinton enjoying a solid but not spectacular double digit lead. As both Clinton and Obama inched up today, former North Carolina

    Senator John Edwards saw his support dip two points to 11% of Likely Democratic Primary Voters. New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson tops the second tier of candidates at 4%.

    As is always the case with daily tracking polls, it will take several more days to determine whether the most recent trend reflects an actual change in the race or is merely statistical noise.

  39. Rasmussen said Hillary dropped four straight days ever since her lobbyist comments, but today’s numbers show an increase in her lead from 11 to 12. He said it’s too early to say if her lead has narrowed or it’s just statistical noise. It’s possible Obama just had some good polling days in a row.

    Also, as kostner notes, Rasmussen is volatile; tracking polls are by nature that way.

    DCDemocrat, Can you link to your bio on DailyKos? Thanks!

  40. Nice comments from last night on Hardball about Hillary from Jon Soltz of VoteVets.org:
    MATTHEWS: Welcome back to HARDBALL. It is time for tonight‘s HARDBALL debate. Is Hillary Clinton a hawk or is she a dove? Jon Soltz is an Iraq War veteran with votevets.org. And Buzz Patterson is the vice chairman of Move America Forward, and a former military aid to President Bill Clinton. He is also the author of “War Crimes.”

    John, is Hillary the kind of candidate who we can trust to get us out of Iraq and not go to war with Iran?

    JON SOLTZ, VOTEVETS.ORG: I think Hillary is someone who has all of the strengths of a strong commander-in-chief. She understands how we fight. I mean, when you talk to her privately, she can tell you the difference between an old brigade combat team and a new unit of action and how we have, you know, combined our mechanized infantry and armor. It is absolutely fascinating to speak with her behind the scenes.

    Her last eight years in the Armed Services Committee she has learned from. And she understands why we fight. You know, I was at a large event with her several months ago and she pulled me aside and she asked me about staying in the Army or not staying in the Army. And I said, well, ma‘am, I do not know.

    You know, I love the Army, and my greatest hour was ever—I ever had in my life was leading soldiers into war. And she says to me, you know, you are right, Jon. There is no greater honor than being in charge of our troops in a combat zone. And for her to understand that, like I said, she understands how we fight and why we fight. And she is somebody that.

    MATTHEWS: So she is a hawk.

    SOLTZ: She is not either. She is someone who represents sensible foreign policy. I mean, she is someone who will take the fight to al Qaeda.

    MATTHEWS: OK. Help me out here. Should a hawk vote for her? Somebody who believes in this war in Iraq, should he vote for Hillary Clinton?

    SOLTZ: I think people should vote for Hillary Clinton if they want someone who will protect America, take the fight to al Qaeda.

    MATTHEWS: Well, help me out here, help me out here. If you are for war in Iraq, you want to keep the troops over there, you want to keep them fighting over there, should you vote for Hillary?

    SOLTZ: I do not think you should vote for Hillary Clinton if you want to retreat and defeat against al Qaeda. If you want to defeat al Qaeda, you need to vote for Hillary Clinton. If you want to keep American troops stuck in the middle of a civil war in Iraq, you should go vote for a Republican.

    But if you want a strong national security, someone who will rebuild the Army and Marine Corps, someone who will destroy al Qaeda in the Afghan/Pakistan region, you should support Senator Clinton.

  41. Important news:
    From NBC’s Chuck Todd
    The Clinton campaign, First Read has learned, has added some significant fundraising muscle as the campaign gears up for its big fall fundraising push.

    The three new additions to their fundraising team include: former DNC finance director/John Kerry fundraiser Jay Dunn, former DSCC national finance director Diana Rogalle, and Lieberman 2004 fundraising adviser Fran Katz Watson. Dunn will have the title of deputy national finance director, reporting to Jonathan Mantz. Rogalle and Katz are joining the campaign as senior consultants.

    The significance of these additions is twofold: One, they didn’t sign up with someone else (does that mean these folks smell a winner?). Two, while the campaign has done well with their high-dollar fundraising, the second half of a presidential campaign is always tougher, so new blood (and contacts) is important.

    By the way, are we going to see another mini-bandwagon push by the Clinton campaign to get other fence-sitters (either in the financial or political arenas) to get on board now?

  42. I’ve been thinking about Hillary’s fund-raising for a while. I actually believe the Q3 fundraising is far more important than those polls. Polls won’t change much during this period of time, but if Hillary’re relative strength(to Obama) improves significantly, this is going to be devastating to Obama campaign.

    Think about this way, the only thing that keeps Obama float is his money. He is now burnigng cash like crazy. If the money momentum shifts to Clinton, I really believe he is finished before the first ballot is cast.

    I’ll write a diary on this later.

  43. Daily nuts are drooling over this latest poll showing that Republicans were asked who they would vote for, and bunch said Obama. So now they are glad he’s associated with the Repubs? But of course they think he’s more liberal than Hillary? WTF???

  44. devastating article on Boston Globe: ‘PACs and lobbyists aided Obama’s rise’.

    Very long article that dissects Obama hypocricy. DCDemocrat, can you diary this article?

    Chuck Dodd believes this article will have an impact on reform-minded NH voters who read Boston Globe a lot.

  45. HI y’all: Just got to ride out the hiccups in the Ras. Stay focused on Hill’s campaign. She is doing great. Everyday a new roll out of a new program. Everyday, she asks for feedback. Everyday, she is reaching out to a new crowd. She is the candidate of inclusivity here.

    Hey, look who I found on the way to the page today, if it isn’t GHW Bush. Here’s what he has to say….

    Boston Globe article: good. International Incident: Bad. New fundraisers for Hill: good. lobbyists and corp sponsorship for obama: bad. Truth from the start: good. Hypocrisy: bad, it’s bad…..could get scary, for BO….scary…nuclear warheads in Pakistan scary, declining poll numbers, bad, they’re bad.

    Paula,DC, Kos, I want to join you, let me know how.–mollyj

  46. molly,

    send your email address to DCDemocrat, and let him forward it to other folks who’d like to join the group.

  47. I can’t find DCDemocrat’s post on DailyKos. Can someone link it? Then I’ll send my e-mail address.

    kitforhill, That’s that Iowa poll that said 6 percent of Repubs would vote for Obama and 2 percent for Hillary. I wouldn’t sweat it.

  48. http://news.rgj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070809/NEWS10/708090335/1016/NEWS

    Despite intensifying his rhetoric against Washington lobbyists controlling the political system, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama announced Wednesday the addition of a state lobbyist to his campaign’s Nevada steering committee.

    Las Vegas lobbyist Helen Foley joins two other veteran state lobbyists, Rose McKinney-James and Billy Vassiliadis, who play senior advising roles with the campaign in Nevada, an important early caucus state.

    Vassiliadis, the most prominent of the group, is a longtime Democratic operative who has been a fixture in many statewide campaigns. He’s also a registered lobbyist at the Nevada Legislature, representing some of the state’s largest companies.

    Although Vassiliadis is not a registered federal lobbyist, his firm, R&R Partners, has a Washington, D.C., branch that lobbies Congress.

  49. if it looks like a duck, and walks like a duck….etc…it’s probably a lobbyist

    I hope Hillary has a good day to day with the GLBT forum –mj

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