Front page of USA Today Wed
Barack Obama often boasts he is "the only candidate
who isn't taking a dime from Washington lobbyists,"
yet his fundraising team includes 38 members
of law firms that were paid $138 million last year to lobby
the federal government, records show.
Those lawyers, including 10 former federal lobbyists,
have pledged to raise at least $3.5 million for his race.
Employees of their firms have given Obama's campaign
$2.26 million, an analysis shows.
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
"It makes no difference whether the person is
a registered lobbyist or the partner of a registered lobbyist,
if the person is raising money to get access
or curry favor," said Michael Malbin, of the Campaign Finance Institute.
BTW, Hillary also has ties to lobbyists.
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