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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.

By Washington Post editors  |  July 31, 2007; 1:37 PM ET
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Also, ethics is not one of "a few" legislative accomplishments for Obama. He sponsored 233 healthcare bills and got coverage for those just above the poverty line and a commision to plan universal healthcare for IL. He sponsored 125 bills to address poverty and public assistance, 112 bills to address crime, corrections and the death penalty, 97 bills dealing with the economy, business and finance, 62 bills on education, 60 bills on civil and human rights, 35 bills on infrastructure and public works, and 21 bills on ethics, 21 on administration, 20 on the environment including one to require utilities to purchase energy from renewable source, 15 on gun control, 15 symbolic bills (memorials and such), 6 bills on military and veterans affairs, and 1 bill on immigration. That's 823 bills. Just so you know. Legislation is not only the media-worthy bills you pass, it's everything you work to support/oppose.

Posted by: VCubed | July 31, 2007 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama's no-PAC and fed lobbyist policy is why I and hundreds of thousands of others give whatever we can spare. It's the #1 reason we work so hard - to take back our Presidency. He's the best, sure, but if he took all the millions Hillary gets from her PACs, which you failed to mention - AIPAC whose goal is to keep us wholly funding Israel's military fiascos, very happy with the current 25% increase in military "aid" Bush proposed; USINPAC whose raised $3 million so far for Hillary's campaign, and whose goal is to outsource more of our jobs and bring in replacements in the tech industry from India - if he took all that I wouldn't support him; I'd let the primaries lurch on without my help. Maybe she should put a "Paid for by Rich Overseas and Bi-National Businesses" sign on her offices. Mention that, Glover, please. It's relevant. That "little" outsourcing issue is important to all Americans, not only labor unions. So is the open-ended unconditional support of any and all actions by Israel. Our foreign policy should be formulated without PAC influence, period.

Posted by: VCubed | July 31, 2007 9:47 PM | Report abuse

'Obama's campaign also will put signs in its offices around the state that read "Not Paid for by PAC or Federal Lobbyist Money."'

Makes it sound like the offices are paid for by state lobbyists.

Posted by: Bud0 | July 31, 2007 3:23 PM | Report abuse

The Obama campaign is starting to look like its thinking about the general election more than the primary. Obviously the no-PAC money charge is something of a shot at the Clinton campaign, but will also resonate well with independant voters in the general election.

Posted by: bsimon | July 31, 2007 2:13 PM | Report abuse

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