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Obama Lied About McCain Lobbyist Cash

From Mr. Obama’s courageous announcement wherein he became the first candidate to reject public financing for the general election since its inception:

I support a robust system of public financing of elections. But the public financing of presidential elections as it exists today is broken, and we face opponents who’ve become masters at gaming this broken system. John McCain’s campaign and the Republican National Committee are fueled by contributions from Washington lobbyists and special interest PACs. And we’ve already seen that he’s not going to stop the smears and attacks from his allies running so-called 527 groups, who will spend millions and millions of dollars in unlimited donations.

As we have previously noted, the claim that Mr. McCain is backed by 527 groups who will spend millions is completely and utterly false.

There are no such groups and none likely to arise.

(Of course that is not the case for Mr. Obama, who enjoys the largess from literally scores of 527s bankrolled by George Soros and other America-hating fatcats and the numerous special interest PACs.)

But the earlier part of Mr. Obama’s claims is — surprise, surprise — also a flat out lie.

From the Annenberg Foundation’s FactCheck.org:

Obama’s Lame Claim About McCain’s Money

June 20, 2008

To say that either the McCain campaign or the RNC are "fueled" by money from lobbyists and PACs is an overstatement, to say the least. Such funds make up less than 1.7 percent of McCain’s presidential campaign receipts and 1.1 percent of the RNC’s income.

McCain – As of the end of April, the McCain campaign had reported receiving $655,576 from lobbyists, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. That is less than seven-tenths of 1 percent of his total receipts of $96,654,783. His campaign also took in $960,990 from PACs, amounting to just under 1 percent of total receipts. The two sources combined make up less than 1.7 percent of his total.

RNC – The Republican National Committee has raised $143,298,225, of which only $135,000 has been come from lobbyists, according to the CRP. That’s less than one-tenth of 1 percent. It also took in about 1 percent of its receipts from PACs, CRP said. Taken together, that’s about 1.1 percent from PACs and lobbyists.

But will anyone in our watchdog media question the great man about his mendacity?

Of course not. That is not their job.

Their job is to get him elected.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, June 23rd, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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