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Obama’s Washington: Same As The Old Washington

- April 26, 2013

WITH OBAMA’S SECOND-TERM AGENDA HANGING IN THE BALANCE, 2014 DEMOCRATS ARE GETTING A BOOST FROM LOBBYISTS

THEN: When Announcing His Campaign For Presidency, Obama Pledged To End Special Interest Access. “And as people have looked away in disillusionment and frustration, we know what's filled the void. The cynics, the lobbyists, the special interests who've turned our government into a game only they can afford to play. They write the checks and you get stuck with the bill, they get the access while you get to write a letter, they think they own this government, but we're here today to take it back. The time for that kind of politics is over.  It is through. It's time to turn the page.” (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks Announcing Campaign For President, Springfield, IL, 2/10/07)

NOW: This Year, Federal Lobbyists Have Already Brought In Nearly $1 Million For Democratic Committees That Will Try To Elect Democrats To Push Obama’s Agenda In Congress. “Federal lobbyists have this year collected nearly $1 million on behalf of national party organizations tasked with helping Democrats retain control of the U.S. Senate and regain control of the U.S. House of Representatives, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis of campaign finance disclosures.” (Michael Beckel, “Lobbyists Make It Rain For Democrats,” Center For Public Integrity, 4/25/13)

  • “A Dozen Lobbyists Bundled $882,000 For The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee During The First Quarter, Records Show, While One Organization Bundled $18,500 For The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.” (Michael Beckel, “Lobbyists Make It Rain For Democrats,” Center For Public Integrity, 4/25/13)

TODAY, GOOD GOVERNMENT GROUPS BARELY BAT AN EYE AT OBAMA’S “MANY REVERSALS” ON FIXING WASHINGTON

“Four Years After President Barack Obama Promised To Change The Culture Of Washington, It’s Hard To Imagine How His Ethics, Transparency And Campaign Finance Pledges Could Have Backfired More Thoroughly.” (Eliza Newlin Carney, “Rules Of The Game: Obama’s Ethics Agenda Backfires,” Roll Call, 1/20/13)

Government Watchdog Groups Are “Fed Up With Obama’s Many Reversals” On Campaign Finance Issues. “Even before the president solicited unlimited corporate donations for his inauguration and announced he will reinvent his campaign operation as an unrestricted lobbying group, government watchdog groups were already fed up with Obama’s many reversals.” (Eliza Newlin Carney, “Rules Of The Game: Obama’s Ethics Agenda Backfires,” Roll Call, 1/20/13)

  • “Grievances Include His Failure To Follow Through On Pledges To Overhaul The Public Financing System, To Fill Vacancies At The Federal Election Commission And To Make His Administration The Most Transparent In History.” (Eliza Newlin Carney, “Rules Of The Game: Obama’s Ethics Agenda Backfires,” Roll Call, 1/20/13)
     
  • Obama Would Have Drawn Far Less Criticism Had He Promised – And Done – Nothing On The Government Watchdog Front. “Not to mention his decision to embrace unrestricted super PACs after saying he would reject them. From a public relations point of view, Obama would have drawn far less criticism had he promised — and done — nothing on the government watchdog front.” (Eliza Newlin Carney, “Rules Of The Game: Obama’s Ethics Agenda Backfires,” Roll Call, 1/20/13)

Former FEC Chairman Bradley Smith: Some Of Obama’s Campaign Rhetoric On Campaign Finance Was Just “B.S.” “‘It’s just further evidence that everybody recognizes that there are valid reasons for people to want to remain anonymous,’ said Bradley Smith, a former Federal Election Commission chairman and head of the Center for Competitive Politics. Smith — a vocal opponent of increased regulation of money in politics — called some of Obama’s rhetoric on campaign finance ‘B.S.’” (Glenn Thrush, Reid J. Epstein and Byron Tau,  “Obama Campaign To Relaunch As Tax-Exempt Group,” Politico, 1/17/13) 


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