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April 01, 2008


Peter M

I thought your readers might be interested in this link to a sory by ABC's Jake Tapper on Obama running a deceptive ad in Pennsylvania:

Obama's Oil Slick
April 01, 2008 10:32 AM

When my family back in Pennsylvania turns on the TV these days, they may see this Barack Obama TV ad where he's standing in a gas station saying the following:

"Since the gas lines of the ’70s, Democrats and Republicans have talked about energy independence, but nothing’s changed — except now Exxon’s making $40 billion a year, and we’re paying $3.50 for gas.
I’m Barack Obama. I don’t take money from oil companies or Washington lobbyists, and I won’t let them block change anymore. They’ll pay a penalty on windfall profits. We’ll invest in alternative energy, create jobs and free ourselves from foreign oil. I approve this message because it’s time that Washington worked for you. Not them." today takes a look at Obama's claim to not take money from oil companies and concludes that the statement "misleading" since according to the non-partisan Center for Responsive Politics Obama has taken more than $213,000 from individuals (and their spouses) who work for companies in the oil and gas industry -- not to mention that two of Obama's top fundraisers are top executives at oil companies"

It is literally true that Obama doesn't take money from oil companies. No federal candidate does -- corporations have been banned from direct contributions since 1907.

The Obama campaign points out that the senator doesn't take money from PACs or from lobbyists. calls that a "distinction without very much of a practical difference. Political action committee funds are pooled contributions from a company's or an organization's individual employees or members; corporate lobbyists often have a big say as to where a PAC's donations go. But a PAC can give no more than $5,000 per candidate, per election. We're not sure how a $5,000 contribution from, say, Chevron's PAC would have more influence on a candidate than, for example, the $9,500 Obama has received from Chevron employees giving money individually."

(Sen. Hillary Clinton has taken $306,000 in donations from people in the oil and gas industry, incidentally.)

So is it all just a lot of gas?

- jpt

Lee Levan

Tuesday, April 01, 2008
Senator Hillary Clinton’s lead in the Pennsylvania Primary is shrinking.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in Pennsylvania (released today) shows Clinton leading Barack Obama by just five percentage points, 47% to 42%. For Clinton, that five-point edge is down from a ten-point lead a week ago, a thirteen-point lead in mid-March and a fifteen-point advantage in early March.

Dave M.

How in the world is Obama going to "free ourselves from foreign oil"? He doesn't elaborate. That is clearly an empty promise, especially from a politician whose party refuses to allow oil and gas drilling along the coasts and in Alaska. In addition, he wants to hurt them with more windfall profits tax, which leaves that much less money for exploration. We tried a windfall profits tax before, it was a disaster. Obama's "change" is starting to look like a change for the worse.

Since we are going back in the past to a windfall profits tax, maybe we should also go back to a popular campaign slogan...."Where's the beef?"

John Morgan

I'm not much of a fan of Rasmussen or Zogby, let's see what the next Q poll says. Obviously Obama should cut into her lead some now that he's actually campaigning here. He's also flooding the airwaves with commercials.

I love the one where he promises to eliminate our dependence on foreign oil. Cannot happen, won't happen, will not happen. Our consumption is increasing at far too rapid a pace for that to ever occur. Then he says he doesn't take campaign contributions from oil companies. That gave me a big laugh. No one can, it's illegal to take money from corporations or unions.

Both of these candidates are exaggerating and lying.

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