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Obama Skirts His Ban on Cash from Lobbyists

by Keith Koffler on October 28, 2011, 8:12 am

A great piece from the New York Times today, the type of reporting that we haven’t seen enough of when it comes to President Obama. It seems Obama has been allowing people who are lobbyists in all but name only to bundle millions of dollars in donations for him, essentially violating his pledge not to take money from them.

At least 15 of Mr. Obama’s “bundlers” — supporters who contribute their own money to his campaign and solicit it from others — are involved in lobbying for Washington consulting shops or private companies. They have raised more than $5 million so far for the campaign.

Because the bundlers are not registered as lobbyists with the Senate, the Obama campaign has managed to avoid running afoul of its self-imposed ban on taking money from lobbyists.

But registered or not, the bundlers are in many ways indistinguishable from people who fit the technical definition of a lobbyist. They glide easily through the corridors of power in Washington, with a number of them hosting Mr. Obama at fund-raisers while also visiting the White House on policy matters and official business.

I give Obama credit for at least partially keeping to his pledge, certainly at a cost of millions to his reelection effort.

But you really can’t be half pregnant on this. Either your impure and in bed with lobbyists, or not. If it’s so important not to take money from lobbyists, why look for loopholes in your own rules?


Car in October 28, 2011 at 8:32 am

I’m shocked.

anneinarkansas October 28, 2011 at 9:50 am

Rules were not meant for Obama nor was our Constitution.
He knows how to make the end-runs and get away with it.
Shame, Shame on us.

Susan October 28, 2011 at 10:03 am

Great article Keith, although the term “skirts” is too mild in my humble opinion. He lied about the role lobbyists would be playing in his White House…
…they have not funded my campaign, they will not run my White House, and they will not drown out the voices of the American people…
Liar, liar, pants on fire…

Star October 28, 2011 at 11:35 am

Why do this? Because that’s where the money is…

Tired Taxpayer October 29, 2011 at 1:05 am

This is news? Real news is when he refuses to take the money.