Obama Ad Targets Lobbyists' Influence
A day after Sen. Barack Obama gave a speech detailing how he would limit the influence of lobbyists if he were elected President, the Illinois Senator is launching ads in Iowa on that theme.
In a 30-second spot called "Take It Back," Obama says of lobbyists: "they think they own this government. But we're here today to take it back. To watch the video, click here.
The ad notes Obama's campaign pledge not to accept money from federal lobbyists, although many of his key backers work as lobbyists. To emphasize the point, Obama's campaign also will put signs in its offices around the state that read "Not Paid for by PAC or Federal Lobbyist Money."
The ad reinforces one of Obama's central messages--that he will be a change agent in Washington. It also points to one of his few legislative accomplishments in the Senate: he was a key player in the recent passage of a lobbying and ethics bill in Congress that prohibits lawmakers from accepting gifts or meals from lobbyists.
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