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Obama on His High Horse

During his “press conference” he repeated that his campaign takes no money from lobbyists.  Just because a contributor doesn’t lobby or hire a lobbyist doesn’t mean the contributor is without interests before Congress or other parts of the government.  Perhaps a contributor supports Obama because, among other things, he has interests in ethanol and Obama supports continuing ethanol subsidies.  In such a case, the contributor doesn’t need a lobbyist.  Instead, he focuses his time and resources on electing Obama.  This entire issue of lobbyists — contributions — “special interests” requires a good deal more attention than I can give it here.  But the assumption by some that Obama is running a cleaner campaign because he doesn’t take contributions from lobbyists, or that lobbyists are per se evil, is nonsense.    

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