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Obama takes funds from lobby partners
Washington Times ^ | February 22, 2008 | Jim McElhatton

Posted on 02/22/2008 7:32:48 PM PST by neverdem

Sen. Barack Obama, who has refused donations from federal lobbyists and paints his Democratic presidential rival as a Washington insider for accepting their contributions, took hundreds of thousands of dollars from partners at dozens of firms that lobbied Congress in 2007.

The partners — who often share in a law firm's overall profits — gave at least $214,000 to the Obama campaign from October through December, according to a review of Federal Election Commission records and lobbying-disclosure reports with the Senate.

Partners at the Chicago-based law firm of Kirkland Ellis LLP, which has a lobbying arm in Washington, gave Mr. Obama more than $70,000 in contributions last year. The firm represented a pharmaceuticals company and the Futures Industry Association.

Mr. Obama also has accepted tens of thousands from partners Covington & Burling, which was paid nearly a half-million dollars last year to lobby for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association, or PhRMA. None of the donations came from three partners at the firm who worked as PhRMA lobbyists.

As a rule, the Obama campaign says it won't accept donations from PhRMA, current federally registered lobbyists, or political action committees. It does accept contributions from state lobbyists, past federal lobbyists and employees of firms that lobby Congress.

"He's kind of saying, 'Look, I want to distance myself from the current system,' but he's not saying he's not going to take any money from anyone who employs lobbyists," said Steven Weissman, associate director of the nonpartisan Campaign Finance Institute.

"That was a sincere gesture but it's a gesture, it's not a significant subtraction from his money," he said. "Lobbyists are only a very small part of the overall campaign money, but the ones who employ these people are more important. Nobody is willing to refuse their money."

A campaign spokesman said Mr...

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: barackhusseinobama; chebama; cultofobama; nobama; obama; pharmaceuticals; yobama

1 posted on 02/22/2008 7:32:49 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem
Obama’s top 20 contributors:

http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/contrib.asp?id=N00009638&cycle=2008

2 posted on 02/22/2008 7:45:59 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee ("A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.")
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To: neverdem
I guess it all depends on your definition of the word "does"? LOL

Bill Clinton would be proud, he has taught them well.

3 posted on 02/22/2008 7:51:39 PM PST by WHBates
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Thanks for the link.


4 posted on 02/22/2008 7:52:01 PM PST by neverdem (I have to hope for a brokered GOP Convention. It can't get any worse.)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

The word on the street is that John McCan’ts closest advisors are active lobbyists and freely admit to lobbying directly from the bus known as the “Straight-Talk Express”.
McCan’t states that the difference is that they are “good” lobbyists. Stay tuned.


5 posted on 02/22/2008 7:54:04 PM PST by soupcon
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To: soupcon

They are all on the take. They are all bought and paid for . Posturing and preening aside.


6 posted on 02/22/2008 7:58:24 PM PST by fantom
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To: soupcon
Yup, the NYT story was just the segway into crusader McCain's world of finance reform.

But it is good to see some life from the press on Obama's dubious background with lobbyists..
7 posted on 02/22/2008 8:00:55 PM PST by Fred (Looking Forward to Impeaching the other Clinton)
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To: neverdem

WOW - Carville is really reaching on this one.

In other news -
... Lawyers donate to candidates election campaign.
... Doctors donate to candidates election campaign.
... People donated to candidates election campaign.

Oh my. Shocking -— NOT !!!

Way, way down in the article they finally mention that Hillary took in ten times as much money from the same sources.


8 posted on 02/22/2008 8:01:20 PM PST by Pikachu_Dad
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To: Fred

There’s not a Senator or Congessman that doesn’t feed at that trough.


9 posted on 02/22/2008 8:04:19 PM PST by soupcon
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To: neverdem

Truth, or fact?

http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=56626

You be the judge!


10 posted on 02/22/2008 8:05:32 PM PST by 2harddrive (...House a TOTAL Loss.....)
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To: neverdem
Revelation: “Senators deal with lobbyists. Full expose’ coming soon!”
11 posted on 02/22/2008 8:15:37 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("The land of the Free...Because of the Brave")
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To: Fred

McCain is in the negative ‘news’ one day, the next day O. When will it be the hill’s turn? That would be a first.


12 posted on 02/22/2008 8:19:04 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: neverdem

Making one’s living as a lobbyist is far more honorable than making it as a medical malpractice lawyer peddling junk science to unsophisticated juries.


13 posted on 02/22/2008 8:36:43 PM PST by freespirited (The worst Republican is far preferable to the best Democrat.)
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To: soupcon
Keep peddling that McCain hate.
I guess you can’t wait for the May day parades with Osama and his lovely fellow comrade Madame Michele at the podium saluting the red US youth guard !
14 posted on 02/22/2008 9:19:14 PM PST by ncalburt
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To: neverdem
Lets check out the Osama meetings with every UNION socialist goon in the US and the trial lawyer groups. After all Osama has the most liberal voting record in the US senate .
So he beat out Socialist Bernie Saunders ! Why bring those facts up when we can BASH McCain again !
15 posted on 02/22/2008 9:23:10 PM PST by ncalburt
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To: neverdem

uh-oh


16 posted on 02/22/2008 9:27:43 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

I don’t understand something on that list..how can the University of California donate to a candidate? Isn’t that a public institution?


17 posted on 02/22/2008 9:31:56 PM PST by Hildy (You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep cause reality is finally better than your dreams)
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To: neverdem
Pharmaceutical companies have a big stake in tipping this guy. With government run (or heavily regulated) healthcare in a Obama administration, it’d just good business practice to be at the top of a donor list. Outright government extortion.
18 posted on 02/22/2008 9:34:39 PM PST by endthematrix (He was shouting 'Allah!' but I didn't hear that. It just sounded like a lot of crap to me.)
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To: 2harddrive

I hope the Dems nominate Obama and then all this hits the news so Hard the MSM can’t ignore it.


19 posted on 02/22/2008 9:37:01 PM PST by FFranco
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To: Hildy
It can’t be the university itself, but prolly employees that list the U as employer or may (laws applicable) alumni or associated groups.
20 posted on 02/22/2008 9:48:33 PM PST by endthematrix (He was shouting 'Allah!' but I didn't hear that. It just sounded like a lot of crap to me.)
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To: Hildy

It may be they collect individual donations from employees and bundle them. But they also may have a big chunk on money in their budget that they can use for lobbying and for contributions to politicians favorable to UC—it is a big institution.


21 posted on 02/22/2008 10:05:29 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee ("A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.")
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To: neverdem

Does this mean Obama is a hypocrit?


22 posted on 02/23/2008 2:56:37 AM PST by John Robie
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To: soupcon

Yes, but there is only one McCain/Feingold law.


23 posted on 02/23/2008 8:39:33 AM PST by Fred (Looking Forward to Impeaching the other Clinton)
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