April 15th, 2008
04:28 PM ET
6 years ago

Clinton, Obama go negative on special interest influence

The new ad is Clinton’s second negative spot this week.
The new ad is Clinton’s second negative spot this week.

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton’s campaign debuted a new 30-second television spot Tuesday that accuses Barack Obama of accepting donations from energy executives and supporting the Bush-Cheney energy bill – as the Illinois senator’s campaign unveiled a new mailer and Web ad that says she has accepted more lobbyist money than any other candidate.

“Every gallon of gas takes over three bucks from your pocket,” says the announcer in the new Clinton ad, ‘Pocket.’ “But Obama voted for the Bush-Cheney energy bill that put $6 billion in the pocket of big oil. Hillary voted against it….”

The new Obama mailer and Web ad make many of the same charges against the New York senator. "Clinton has taken money from lobbyists for oil companies, drug companies and insurance companies,” says the Pennsylvania mailer. “She says they represent ‘real people.’ Do they represent you?"


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soundoff (161 Responses)
  1. An American in Canada

    HILLARY IS RIGHT, OBAMA JUST DOESN'T GET IT.

    WE, HILLARY SUPPORTERS KNOW ALL ABOUT HER AND STILL WANT HER TO BE OUR PRESIDENT BECAUSE SHE IS THE BEST THAT IS BEING OFFERED UP TO US AT THIS TIME...

    YOU HOWEVER, OBAMA WE KNOW NOTHING ABOUT EXCEPT THAT YOU ARE A LIAR, YOU DEAL WITH TERRORIST, YOU KEEP COMPANY WITH CROOKS LIKE REZKO
    YOUR MENTOR PREACHES ANTI-WHITE, AND ANTI-AMERICA PROPAGANDA
    AND YOU DID NOT LIKE YOUR SELFISH WHITE MOTHER AND YOUR GRANDMOTHER WAS AFRAID OF A BLACK PERSON ONCE SO YOU THROW HER UNDER THE BUS TO PROTECT REV. WRIGHT'S BACK.
    WHAT A GOOD BOY YOU ARE!!!

    YOUR BITTER BARACK BLOGGERS ARE PROBABLY PAID TO FLOOD THE BLOGGING SITE WITH YOUR DRIBBLING VENOM.

    BUT YOU WILL NEVER EVER BE PRESIDENT OF AMERICA, THAT YOU CAN TAKE TO THE BANK

    April 15, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  2. James from Pittsburgh

    CNN and others, please beware of the truth of this add. Federal Election Commission requires the occupation and industry of all people that donate to a campaign. Hillary Clinton is adding up all the small donations that Obama has received and saying the oil industry gave Obama x dollars. Such is not the same as accepting lobbyist money or PAC money which is bundled from multiple wealthy donors and given by a special interest.

    Hillary's add is misleading and false. To say that the fuel pump attendant, the janitor at BP, are oil fat cats is absurd. If anything, the individual donations from the CEO is equal to the donation from the Pump Attendant since both are capped at a low amount.

    April 15, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  3. California Girl

    Looks like Obama was pandering to the Bush Administration.

    April 15, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  4. Lisa

    The people of PA can but an end to this. I have been reading blogs on the Huffingtonpost and it appears they are more angry with Clinton than Obama over the recent events. It seems they are realizing that in attacking Obama over his remarks, she revealed that she doesn't get it that people really ARE frustrated. She seems out of touch with just how bad people have been hurting. I think his comments revealed just how much he DOES understand our anger, frustration, and yes, at times bitterness.

    April 15, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  5. martinc

    That bill gave more of a net tax increase on oil companies and give lots of money to renewable resourses. If you were smart you would have voted for it too.

    Billary for a 3rd term to New York!

    April 15, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  6. Hill Arious

    Clinton has the nerve to question Obama regrading special interests. The Clintons have shown how an ex-president become the highest lobbyist the money can buy! Do you think Bill Clintons hour long talks are worth quarter of a million dollars? If this is not a bribe by special interest what is? On the other hand most of Obama money comes from small donations. 1.4 million donors is not a joke!

    Clintons have set a new standards in political corruption. Joe six pack she emulates would not earn that much in a decade!

    Take a hike Hill!

    April 15, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  7. Frank F

    Obama is bitter - but Clinton is always be better by a country mile.

    Not now - not ever - No Way NoBAMA!!!! For all the "Wright" reasons and those BITTER thoughts and comments.

    April 15, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. May

    Obama voted for this bill because of the provision that set aside money for renewable energy that will make us less dependent on foreign oil. Hillary knows this, but as usual, she is being desingenious. This bill as nothing to do with the current price of gaz. Why is that everything that comes out of Hillary's mouth is either a lie, a misinterpretation or an exaggeration?

    April 15, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  9. Simon Jinx

    Can't wait to see Michelle Obama on Colbert report.

    April 15, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  10. leicheco

    HC is another Bush..my way or I'am going to get you...she will have "Yes" people appointed..just like Bush, because it's obvious how angry she gets when she isn't getting what she wants! She is a know it all, winey woman. A poor example for the strong good women in America, I do not want her representing the USA. She is so phony, about everything, even her faith she does not seem to know the difference between the truth and a lie.

    April 15, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  11. Shirley

    Bill Clinton is a lobbyist, the Clinton's have made most of their money from 'special interests' since they left the White House. Wonder how they cashed in on pushing NAFTA on the American public.

    April 15, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  12. ron

    At least he and his wife are not DONATING to themselves.

    April 15, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  13. Tyler

    Dear Clinton supporters,
    stop typing in all caps, show some etiquette.

    Here are the facts for you:
    1. Clinton is behind is all major areas – delegates, states won, popular vote
    2. She will not reach the magic # of delegates without at least a 70-80% win with the superdelegates.
    3. Clinton lies – bosnia, campaign finance fraud, this latest ad. Why is there no facts in the ad? Just blatant false acusations.

    April 15, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  14. Fabian

    If Hillary did poorly in PA, it would change American politics forever. Meaning American people are smarter than she thinks. I am sure most voters know what word elitism means. How can you describe smeone who is 100 times less wealthier than you as an elite? No wonder some people are starting to think that there some prejudice behind these attacks of her. It's just a turn off when she attacks him for something as simple as the word "bitter".

    April 15, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  15. Women 4 Obama

    RealityKing:

    Obama receives money from INDIVIDUALS and not PACS or lobbyists. There is a BIG difference there. Individuals are people like you and us who work in corporations, including OIL companies. So, you can fault people for making a living.

    April 15, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  16. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Really....who is voting for Hillary...I mean really...who??

    April 15, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  17. JAZZ

    At long last the media machine realizes the great uniter can do negative campaigning. Truth is he started with negative campaigning. Remember the Orwellian "1984" ad in 2007 with Hillary's face being smashed?
    Some people can't see the forest for the trees. The rest of us are Hillary supporters.

    April 15, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  18. Len

    I have a hard time believing anything Ms. Clinton says.

    April 15, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  19. ILoveAmerica

    Factcheck.org states:

    "Clinton faults Obama for voting for the 2005 energy bill, which she calls 'the Bush Cheney energy bill.' But the compromise Obama voted for was supported by most Senate Democrats and lacked many of the administration's original proposals... It resulted in a small net tax increase on oil companies."

    April 15, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  20. Kirk

    Obama on Guns – when Obama ran for the Illinois state senate the political group, Independent Voters of Illinois (IVI), asked him if he supported a “ban [on] the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns” and he responded “yes.” – LIAR- But in what will probably be the most improbable change, the Politico reported on Saturday that Barack Obama was making a big play for gun votes in Pennsylvania. In 1998, another questionnaire administered by IL State Legislative National Political Awareness Test didn’t ask about banning all handguns, but it did find that Obama wanted to “ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.” Source: Fox News and Politico.com
    71) Obama distort (aka “Lie”) about McCain saying, “McCain (he) is willing to send our troops too another war of 100 years in Iraq”. Obama also denied what he said on the video – LIAR – The video proves him absolutely untruthful (”a liar”).

    April 15, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  21. Undecided Voter in PA until now...

    The media bias and the recent Obama comments has finally helped me to make up my mind. The media is cherry picking the polls. I believed what the media was telling me until my daughter looked up some polls on a website called real politics. Hillary is up by more than what the media is saying. I noticed that the media was trying to trick me into voting for a candidate. I still cannot understand why the media is against Hillary the way that they are. Also, I read a lot of these post and a lot of the Obama supporters were very hateful. I will vote for Clinton in this election.

    April 15, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  22. JFK

    I find it ironic that people say that Obama is honest and the real deal. HELLO! Wake up people, he is no different then all the others. He has too many issues like Wright, Rezko, Michelle. Oh ya, and the real biggie, he has little experience! This is a job interview folks. Experience is more important than charisma. And Hillary has far more experience than Obama no matter what you say. She has 20 years on him in age and that counts in my book! For all the Clinton haters, sorry, the best you could do was spend millions of dollars and give Ken Starr free will to terrorize Washington for years and STILL could not come up with anything to hang on the Clintons! In yet, the worst that happens is you get Bill Clinton for lying about a personal affair. That is sad if you still hate the Clintons years afterwards and have turned this campaign into reliving the past. Very sad and pathetic.

    April 15, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  23. fair tax in la.

    HOW CAN YOU TRUST THESE PEOPLE ?
    I Say no!!!!!!!
    VOTE McCAIN!!

    April 15, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  24. from country

    Obama is only attracting high-income folks from big towns, and of course majority of blacks.

    But, what about low income Americans Mr Obama ?

    I hear you always talking bad about Wall Street and Washington.
    But, this is where you intend to go and live for next 4 years with all your rich buddies I see on TV, right ?

    April 15, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  25. Al

    Obama will be the next President of the United States of America! It's great to know that he is not owned by corporate and special interests as Clinton and McCain are.

    April 15, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
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