• Barack Obama Does Not "Take" "Money" from "Lobbyists"

    You've got to admit. It was pretty commendable of President Obama to promise not to take any money from lobbyists for his 2012 reelection campaign, wasn't it? Everybody knows that K Street and the influence of corporations, via Washington lobbyists, are eroding the foundations of middle class America.

    That's why I'm so glad that Obama opted instead to take his corporate money through bundlers

    At least 15 of Mr. Obama’s "bundlers" — supporters who contribute their own money to his campaign and solicit it from others — are involved in lobbying for Washington consulting shops or private companies. They have raised more than $5 million so far for the campaign…

    [T]he bundlers are in many ways indistinguishable from people who fit the technical definition of a lobbyist. They glide easily through the corridors of power in Washington, with a number of them hosting Mr. Obama at fund-raisers while also visiting the White House on policy matters and official business…

    Take Sally Susman. An executive at the drug-maker Pfizer, she has raised more than $500,000 for the president’s re-election and helped organize a $35,800-a-ticket dinner that Mr. Obama attended in Manhattan in June. At the same time, she leads Pfizer’s powerful lobbying shop, and she has visited the White House four times since 2009 –twice on export issues. But under the byzantine rules that govern federal lobbying, Ms. Susman has not registered with the Senate as a lobbyist.

    Welp, there you go. She hasn't registered as a lobbyist, therefore she is not a lobbyist. Ipso facto, Barack Obama does not take money from lobbyists! Lorem ipsum dolor sit, the White House wins!

    Hey, you can complain all you want, but Obama never promised to not take money from people provide money for a politician's campaign in exchange for said politician entertaining the interests of a multinational corporation. He promised to not take money from "lobbyists." Unless you can show me a piece of paper, notarized by a member of the Senate lobbyist notarizing office or whatever, that says that Sally Susman is a lobbyist, then we really have nothing else to talk about.

    I'm certain that if someone would just explain all of that, just like I did right there, to all those Occupy Wall Street people, they'd stop protesting and go home. Why has nobody don't that yet?

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    Tags: Barack Obama, Lobbyists, Money


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