Of course Obama takes lobbyists money…

…he just pretends he doesn’t. Like it wouldn’t come out sooner or later?

“I don’t take money from federal registered lobbyists, because I want to answer to you when I’m in the White House. I don’t want to answer to all these fat cat lobbyists.”

Go read Roll Call: Lobbyists Give to Obama Campaign.

At the end of the article an Obama staffer claims to have “championed” the new disclosure law. Records show they both voted for it.

H/T: The American Mind


  1. Kathryn says:

    The Roll Call piece says the Obama campaign compares names to the list of registered lobbyists and returns contributions from them; it doesn’t support your argument at all. Of course, he may yet change his mind….

  2. Yes, that’s what they say now. However, they had a filing deadline with 40 contributions that were not returned.

    It’s a game of wait and see. You may say he will return the money, but I can say he didn’t. Not yet anyway.

    Why would he still be sending these people solicitations? Did you read anything besides the last line?

  3. Kathryn says:

    Probably the same reason he’s sending you and I solicitations. I haven’t given, and I presume you haven’t, but we are on the list. If somebody sent money, they are sure to be on the list.

    Yes, I read more than the last line. Read it again just for you. 🙂 What did I miss?

  4. “Despite those measures, only two of the 42 federally registered contributing lobbyists, David Taylor of Weil Gotshal & Manges and Kyle Danish of Van Ness Feldman, reported on their forms that the Obama campaign had refunded their money.”

  5. Shawn Matson says:

    Kathryn’s right…again.

  6. Touche; I am illiterate.

    The forms: far as I can tell, the lobbyists have a filing deadline, not the campaigns.

    I went to the gov. web site. The lobbyists have LD-1s and LD-2s and LD-3s. The article seems to be discussing the 1s and 2s, where as the contributions get reported on the 3s, which aren’t paper forms, but a web site that lobbyists can accesses with an ID that will be issued to them after they complete the 1s and 2s. Some of these folks can’t seem to decide if the should register, unregister, or change their previous registrations.

    So, you could be right, but it’s anybody’s guess at this point.

  7. Yes, the lobbyists have a filing deadline. But the campaigns knew of the deadline. A campaign working to keep their word on this issue would surely have anticipated that deadline and coughed up another 40 returns.

    If you aren’t going to accept it, then don’t cash the check.