Score one for Barack Obama — he’s the candidate who has given the most cash to the Super Delegates:
Obama, who narrowly leads in the count of pledged, “non-super” delegates, has doled out more than $694,000 to superdelegates from his political action committee, Hope Fund, or campaign committee since 2005. Of the 81 elected officials who had announced as of Feb. 12 that their superdelegate votes would go to the Illinois senator, 34, or 40 percent of this group, have received campaign contributions from him in the 2006 or 2008 election cycles, totaling $228,000.
Hillary Clinton on the other hand “does not appear to have been as openhanded.”
Her PAC, HILLPAC, and campaign committee appear to have distributed $195,500 to superdelegates. Only 12 percent of her elected superdelegates, or 13 of 109 who have said they will back her, have received campaign contributions, totaling about $95,000 since 2005. An additional 128 unelected superdelegates support Clinton, according to a blog tracking superdelegates and their endorsements, 2008 Democratic Convention Watch.
Heh. So much for Barack Obama not being about the politics of the “old.” Obama has been working the political game by attempting to build up (or buy) “chits“. Old style politics at it’s finest. Couple that the “bundlers” on his team who are registered lobbyists, add in his ties to PowerPAC, and it appears that Barack Obama is simmering in Hypocrisy Stew.
And just to note, the Clinton campaign called Obama on his PAC “directing money to local Democratic groups and politicians in states holding early primaries and caucuses,” back in December.
The Washington Post first raised the issue of Obama’s PAC last week when it reported that Obama has contributed more than a third of his PAC’s money to groups and politicians in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.