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    Obama Returns Lobbyists' Contributions

    [QUOTE]WASHINGTON Democratic Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign has returned more than $50,000 in political contributions after discovering the donors were lobbyists.

    Obama, who has pledged to change the ways of Washington, has repeatedly said he will not accept money from lobbyists or from special interest political action committees.

    [B]"I am concerned about the role of lobbyists and campaign donations generally in our politics," Obama told The Associated Press while campaigning in Florence, S.C. "That's part of the reason I don't take PAC money and I'm not taking federal lobbyist money in this campaign."[/B]

    [B]As the campaign prepared to file its first quarter finance report to the Federal Election Commission, it noted that it has given back $50,566 from 49 donors whom the campaign identified as lobbyists.[/B]

    [B]Overall, Obama raised $23.5 million for the primary and $25 million overall in the first three months of the year.[/B]

    [B]"Giving back these donations is part of our best efforts to ensure we stay true to our commitment to not take money from federal lobbyists," campaign spokesman Bill Burton said.[/B]

    The announcement was designed to get ahead of the FEC report, which must be filed by midnight Sunday. Many of the lobbyists' names will remain listed in the report because their checks were deposited before they were identified.

    [B]While shunning lobbyists money, the Obama campaign still has relied on political and policy advice from Washington lobbyists and does accept donations from lobbyists spouses.[/B]

    "As we've said and as this illustrates, this policy isn't a perfect solution to the problem of money in politics and special interest sway in Washington," Burton said of the decision to return the funds. "But it is an important symbol of the kind of administration that Obama will have in the White House."

    Aides said the contributions were inadvertent, possibly the result of lobbyists being unaware of Obama's policy. They said the campaign recognized the donor as a lobbyist after having deposited their check or as the donation arrived.

    Among those in Obama's circle of advisers is Broderick Johnson, president of Bryan Cave Strategies LLC, and several other well-connected lobbyists in Washington.

    [B]Burton said no lobbyist has performed any fundraising duties for Obama.[/B]

    [B]John Edwards, the former senator from North Carolina, is another Democratic presidential candidate who has made a point of not accepting money from lobbyists or PACs[/B].[/QUOTE]

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    Associated Press writer Jim Davenport in Florence, S.C., contributed to this report.

    [url]http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20070413/obama-lobbyists[/url]

    I like this idea of not accepting PAC money. Looks as though some of the democrats are taking a lead in this area

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    [QUOTE=Jetdawgg]___

    Associated Press writer Jim Davenport in Florence, S.C., contributed to this report.

    [url]http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20070413/obama-lobbyists[/url]

    I like this idea of not accepting PAC money. Looks as though some of the democrats are taking a lead in this area[/QUOTE]


    too bad harry reid never returned the money jack abramoff gave him....

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    [QUOTE=Come Back to NY]too bad harry reid never returned the money jack abramoff gave him....[/QUOTE]


    I don't see Reid mentioned in this story

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    It'd be great....if it meant anything whatsoever. It doesn't.

    There are so many loopholes, reporting holes, etc, etc, etc that you can guarantee Obama is still getting Lobbyist Cash in his campaign coffers.

    Hell, "Obama campaign still has relied on political and policy advice from Washington lobbyists and does accept donations from lobbyists spouses" tells you immediately how meaningful this PR stunt is. As in NOT meaningful at all.

    Wake me when ALL monetary contributions are banned, from all sources. Till then.... :zzz: ...let the Corruption Train roll on.

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    [QUOTE=Warfish]It'd be great....if it meant anything whatsoever. It doesn't.

    There are so many loopholes, reporting holes, etc, etc, etc that you can guarantee Obama is still getting Lobbyist Cash in his campaign coffers.

    Hell, "Obama campaign still has relied on political and policy advice from Washington lobbyists and does accept donations from lobbyists spouses" tells you immediately how meaningful this PR stunt is. As in NOT meaningful at all.

    Wake me when ALL monetary contributions are banned, from all sources. Till then.... :zzz: ...let the Corruption Train roll on.[/QUOTE]


    You must mean the "SOLD TRAIN" :yes:

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    [QUOTE=Jetdawgg]I don't see Reid mentioned in this story[/QUOTE]

    but I do see democraps and the return of campaign funds mentioned...

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    [QUOTE=Come Back to NY]but I do see democraps and the return of campaign funds mentioned...[/QUOTE]

    Well it may be in the article, but we will soon see.

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