Obama would do well to think about OpenSecrets.org next time he makes a claim like “I don’t take money from oil companies.”
FactCheck.org calls Obama to task on his misleading statement from his new ad:
In a new ad, Obama says, “I don’t take money from oil companies.”
Technically, that’s true, since a law that has been on the books for more than a century prohibits corporations from giving money directly to any federal candidate. But that doesn’t distinguish Obama from his rivals in the race.
We find the statement misleading:
- Obama has accepted more than $213,000 from individuals who work for companies in the oil and gas industry and their spouses.
- Two of Obama’s bundlers are top executives at oil companies and are listed on his Web site as raising between $50,000 and $100,000 for the presidential hopeful.
It’s true that he doesn’t accept contributions from individuals who are registered to lobby the federal government. But he does take money from their spouses and from other individuals at firms where lobbyists work. And some of his bigger fundraisers were registered lobbyists until they signed on with the Obama campaign.
So what’s the deal with Barack Obama anyway? He claims his is a new kind of politics but to many of us we see through the myths and fancy phrasing and find Barack Obama is just playing politics as usual.