Obama team breaks pledge, taps lobbyists for cash

April 23, 2012 06:06

So Obama’s virginity pledges of no corporate money and no lobbyist money — which were always riddled with loopholes — are now officially defunct. – Washington Examiner


by Timothy P. Carney at Washington Examiner


This doesn’t make Obama any different from other politicians — but it sure makes him different from what he promised to be.


In March, Obama’s campaign officially announced it would cooperate with Priorities USA, the pro-Obama super-PAC run by Obama administration and Obama campaign alumni. As a super-PAC, Priorities USA is not allowed to directly coordinate with the Obama campaign or the Democratic National Committee, but it is also allowed to raise as much money as it can from any donor, including corporations and labor unions, and spend that money on independent ads promoting Obama and attacking Romney.


The United Auto Workers has contributed $100,000 to Priorities USA. The UAW is no bare-bones, blue-collar operation. With assets totaling $1 billion and a $2 million-a-year lobbying operation run out of the union’s own $4 million Dupont Circle headquarters, the UAW is a big business.


The single largest organization gift to Priorities USA comes from the Service Employees International Union, also known as “Obama’s Union.” According to the Center for Responsive Politics, SEIU has given a $1 million to Obama’s super-PAC.



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