T.J. Rooney said this afternoon that the television commercial being run by Barack Obama's campaign is misleading because he claims to not accept campaign money from oil companies. The ad has been widely debunked because federal law prohibits political contributions to federal candidates from any corporation or union. Therefore the ad essentially trumpets Sen. Obama for obeying the law since neither he nor any other candidate can take such money.
This is like saying, look at me I haven't taken any campaign contributions from the Chinese government! Those aren't allowed either. The Clinton campaign criticized Obama however for voting for Dick Cheney's energy bill, something Rooney called "the best energy bill money could buy" and Howard Wolfson described as a "pinata of perks" for the oil industry.
The Obama campaign left themselves open to this sort of counterattack with this foolish ad. It plays on voter's ignorance of federal campaign finance law. Very few people are intimately knowledgeable of such restrictions so they have launched a radio commercial to explain the falsity of the claim. They bemoaned the fact Obama is substantially outspending them in Pennsylvania, especially on television. The fact their counter ad is only on radio illustrates the financial disparity between the campaigns. When queried on finances Hillary's people always reply that they have enough resources to compete but I'm wondering if they are on the same playing field with Obama.
Hillary needs to return to Pennsylvania with Bill and Chelsea in tow and concentrate on this to win. Barack Obama's TV buy of $6.5 million compares with her $2.5 million but holding rallies and events can neutralize that effect. Sen. Clinton is very effective in person and connects well with her audiences. Can she hold on these final two weeks and edge out a victory? We'll know in thirteen days.