July 23rd, 2007
10:26 PM ET
3 years ago

Fact Check: Not so fast, Senator Obama

(CNN) – Sen. Barrack Obama, D-Illinois, took a lot of credit for campaign finance reform tonight.

"I don't take PAC money and I don't take lobbyist money, and the bundlers, the reason you know who is raising money for me, Mike, is because I have pushed through a law this past session to disclose that," Obama said.

Well, that law hasn't actually gone through. The bill that would force lobbyists to disclose more of their activities, including what's known as "bundling," has not become law because it has not passed Congress.

The House and the Senate are trying to hammer out differences between their bills before the August recess.

– CNN Producer Justine Redman


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  1. pBob, Seneca, SC

    All lobbyists should be banned. My opinion only.

    July 23, 2007 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  2. T. Sheldon al'Salaam, Boston, MA

    Actually, your "catching" of Obama in a fact inconsistency is more of a credit to his character and forthrightness. He complied with the conditions of the bill he put forward without it even becoming law.

    Obviously even in Obama's mistakes he shines. He is not just a man with conviction but the right man for the job.

    July 23, 2007 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  3. Mark Lodes, St. Louis, MO

    So let me get this straight... it isn't a law yet, but he's already abiding by it? Hardly condemnable, if true. A great debate none the less! Lots of winners! Pointedly, the way Obama recognized the flawed Hilary/Edwards response to the "will you work for minimum wage" question.

    July 23, 2007 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  4. Seth, Lamar, MO

    He should have called it a "bill" but it did go through the Senate.

    July 23, 2007 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  5. Edrie, Arlington VA

    I might commend Obama for proposing the law, and if he has complied with it, that's great. But just as he exaggerates regarding his health care plan (it is not universal), he is exaggerating here.

    The problem is that most people won't see the fact checking, and will simply believe what they hear. I'd love to see a candidate called on his/her exaggeration or inaccuracies on the spot.

    July 23, 2007 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  6. Mark Lodes, St. Louis, MO

    Her facial expression after her response to that question was the most revealing moment of the night. She's apparently far above the minimum wage worker, and it is comical that she thinks it is a good enough answer to say that she could work for the wage, smirking all the while. She has little honest respect for working class people after that expression. Biden related well to working class people on that question. It was one of practicality. Could he continue to function as a Senator on minimum wage? Not unless he got a second job. WOW! That's exactly how working class people look at it.

    July 23, 2007 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  7. Chris NY NY

    Once again politicians lying. Where is the money coming from OBAMA?

    July 23, 2007 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  8. Mrs. America

    If Obama said he pushed through a law, and the law hasn't actually been pushed through yet, it's a lie. He could have used honest words to get the effect he was looking for. It's also clear he's very quiet about the source of some of his contributions. I'm disappointed that he fudged because now I will look on all he says with uncertainty.

    July 24, 2007 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  9. Anonymous

    Wake up people! Obama is a liar no matter how much you idiots try to sugar coat it!

    July 24, 2007 06:39 am at 6:39 am |
  10. Lyn, Silver Spring MD

    Of course you would phrase the question in the negative. Can't stand the fact that the people in YOUR focus group thought he won. Obama 33% Clinton 8%

    July 24, 2007 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  11. Kim, Dallas, TX

    It's rather comical to read some of these statements. I would love to see a PRESIDENT called on due to his exaggerations and inaccuracies. Obama's morals and values far outshine what we have been living with for the past six+ years. As far as how his funding is generated, check out his website. He has a large following of small donations from many who believe in him. I, for one, believe in someone who cares about everyone and not just the rich and believes that our government should work together and not be separated by partisan lines. Check out his work done in Chicago and don't just react. One thing we all need to do is be more aware and not just listen to the "bandwagon".

    July 24, 2007 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. Darrell, Atlanta, Ga

    We now are beginning to see just how "seasoned" Obama is not. A bit too wet behind the ears yet to be attempting a run at our highest office.
    He can raise the money but he just doesn't have the experience nor the substance to lead this country.

    July 24, 2007 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  13. David, Gilbert Arizona

    So let me get this straight, Obama makes an error calling a bill a law? Yep, I can see why someone would want to call him a liar for that one. Puh-leez. Get a grip people.

    This is a pretty weak attempt by CNN to make news about the Obama campaign. I personally do not agree with his "universal" health program, nor his potition regarding the "choice" of women. One of Obama's platform issues is that he stands for everyone...except the unborn. There's a fact check for you.

    Call all the candidates on real issues CNN. This one was very weak.

    July 25, 2007 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |