CNN quotes the ever elusive, Barack Obama as saying, "John McCain says that he is going to tell all those lobbyists in Washington that their days of running Washington are over, which sounds pretty good until you discover that seven of his top campaign managers and officials are -- guess what? -- former corporate lobbyists."
"It's true," says CNN White House correspondent, Ed Henry. "Seven top McCain officials were lobbyists, though the campaign stresses that none is currently registered to lobby Congress."
Mr. Henry! Did you say that SEVEN of McCain's top officials were lobbyists?
Well, Mr. Henry, why didn't you also mention that THIRTY-EIGHT members of Barack Obama's fund-raising team were paid $138 million last year to lobby the federal government? That's right, THIRTY-EIGHT! I'm sure you were probably aware of that fact, Mr. Henry, but you and the rest of Teddy Turner's cronies are simply trying to prop up Senator Obama. Right?
Those lawyers, including 10 former federal lobbyists, have pledged to raise at least $3.5 million for the Illinois senator's presidential race. Employees of their firms have given Obama's campaign $2.26 million, a USA TODAY analysis of campaign finance data shows.[To see the entire list of these 38 fund-raisers and the minimum amount each has pledged to raise for Barack Obama's Presidential campaign, click here]
Thirty-one of the 38 are law firm partners, who typically receive a share of their firm's lobbying fees. At least six of them have some managerial authority over lobbyists. - Source - USA Today
Need we go any further, Mr. Henry? How about the millions Senator Biden has received from lobbyists, lawyers and law firms since 1989, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
Senator Biden recently tried to defend his lobbyist connections. "I don't meet with lobbyists, my staff does," he said. But in fact, even this argument - as ridiculous as it sounds - has already been debunked. See my earlier post: Biden: 'I Don't Meet With Lobbyists', Unless They Happen to be Iranian Lobbyists
The truth of the matter is, this discussion is simply a waist of time. Anyone who thinks there's a politician out there without lobbyist connections [especially a Chicago style politician, like Barack Obama], is a veritable fool. Unfortunately, it is Charlatans like Barack Obama and CNN who play these kind of fools as if they were a bunch of cheap fiddles to be used at their disposal as a means of furthering their own political ambitions.....