Monday, March 31, 2008

Clinton vs. Obama vs. McCain: Lobbyists $

Hillary has a post on her Fact Hub page that blasts Obama for saying he does not accept money from lobbyists. She cites several situations in which he does, including the quote below. That is not to say that she is clean but I guess the point is that she doesn't claim to be. I've added some comments in red:

Obama has taken $405,747 from the Pharmaceutical industry. [opensecrets.org] Obama was #1 but Hillary is #3 at $404,646. McCain is #11 at $121, 750.

Obama has received $1,185,937 from the Commercial Banking industry. [opensecrets.org] That put Obama at #2. But guess who is #1: Hillary at $1,223,724. McCain is #5 at $748,405.

Obama has received over six million dollars from the Securities & Investment industry. [opensecrets.org] Obama is #2 again and Hillary is #1 again with about $250,000 more than Obama. McCain is #6 at $2, 605,486.

Obama has taken $608,822 from the Insurance industry. [opensecrets.org] Barack was #5 but Hillary beat her out at #4 with $809, 261. McCain is #6 at $395,682.

Obama has taken $168,584 from the Mortgage Banking industry. [opensecrets.org] Hillary is #1 ($199, 315) with Barack #2. McCain is #6 at $58,825. By the way, Fox News is running a story about Hillary's campaign manager, Maggie Williams, who was on the board of one of the once one-time top sub-prime lenders.

Obama's presidential campaign has received $2,812,336 from firms that employ registered federal lobbyists. [fec.gov] I cannot find a reference to this amount at the link provided.



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1 comment:

fromwembley said...

Interesting figures. I hate that the Democrats have outraised and can outspend Sen. McCain.

At least these contributions are on-the-books. There's transparency with most campaign contributions. What you have to worry about is Obama and his Chicago style of politics. Those people have used paper sacks full of cash, favorable zoning arrangements for land deals, and other tricks to get things done for years. Graft could be the swing vote when it comes down to it.