The Obama and Clinton campaigns are locked in a war of words.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The campaigns of Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, began a new war of words Monday over reports that the Illinois senator’s PAC may have directed a majority of its campaign contributions to politicians in the key early nominating states.
"On the campaign trail, Senator Obama is outspoken about his desire to reform the campaign finance system so it was surprising to learn that he has been using his PAC in a manner that appears to be inconsistent with the prevailing election laws," Clinton's campaign said in a statement.
Clinton's campaign said 68 percent of the donations from Obama’s PAC, Hopefund, were given to officials in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. But Obama spokesman Bill Burton said the majority of the funds were given to candidates outside the early primary states, and to Democrats nationwide facing tough re-election fights.
"The latest personal attack from Hillary Clinton is a completely false attempt to misrepresent Barack Obama’s full disclosure of his campaign finances," Burton said in a statement.
Burton also took aim at Clinton’s reluctance to release financial, fundraising and White House records in full. "Senator Obama's commitment to disclosure is one that Hillary Clinton does not share, and until Senator Clinton is willing to make this commitment… she’s not really in a position to point fingers at others," Burton added.
Clinton spokesman Phil Singer immediately fired back, calling on Obama to respond to questions raised by an analysis of Hopefund donations published in today’s Washington Post. “The Obama campaign's failure to deny that it committed campaign finance violations speaks volumes," said Singer in a statement. "Instead of launching irrelevant attacks, Senator Obama should answer a simple question: Did Obama campaign officials direct the Hopefund to make contributions to officials and entities in states holding nominating contests? If the answer is no, they should just be direct and say so."
–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich
Its a laugh to hear Shillary discussing other candidates funding practices. She is the one with funding from questionable sources. I am not an Obama fan as of now, and I sure as hell do not want another 8 years of the Clintons and their dealings. Enough of the political dynasties!!
In general terms, Republicans are fiscally responsible. Democrats are supposed to spend spend spend. Here is evidence pointing to this generalization...
Think...how many textbooks can the democratic campaign money buy for our kids if it wasn't wasted on advertising?
Well....Obama's campaign DID respond and said that the money did not go to politicians in the early states, so what is the Clinton spokesman talking about?
Nice try, but no dice.
The latest Gallup poll shows that Hillary is the only dems candidate electable in the next general election.
The new Gallup Poll finds Sen. Hillary Clinton is the ONLY dems presidential candidate with an advantage over both former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Sen. John McCain in head-to-head matchups for the 2008 general election for president. The poll of 897 registered voters nationwide was conducted Nov. 11-14, 2007.
Note however, a new Zogby Interactive survey shows Sen. Hillary Clinton shows a different result. But, Zogby uses a controversial "interactive" methodology and is not based on traditional telephone polling. The interactive poll surveys individuals who take part in online polls. These online polls are useless as one candidate’s supporters can take part in the interactive poll to manipulate the poll results.
how about you post the full obama comments?
can anybody say Hsu or Peter Paul?
Obama looks sneaky & cunning in this pciture towards Hillary.
Although, I'm intrigue and desire more information as to "when" Mr. Obama finally woke up to the fact that to fund a national election is expensive, and his values may have to shift some to accept perfectly legal PAC, and other types of funding. Mabye he can be entirely funded by Opra...she sure has the $$ to do it, oops, no that is a violation of election fund raising too. I am becoming a little tired of the playground attacks. I'll be glad when this tit for tat is done–and we finally have a Democratic candidate!!
The Hopefund provided donations to democratic candidates in more than half of the States in this country.
The most interesting of the donations was one given to Senator Hillary Clinton. A total of $4,200 dollars was given to Hillary Clinton during her last senate race. Given that Hillary transferred $10 million from her senate fund to her presidential fund, it is fair to say that Hillary stood to benefit from the Hopefund.
Many other recipients of funds endorsed Hillary. The fund was created to promote all democratic candidates. The recipients of the funds are a matter of public record. There is nothing to hide here- no scandal, just promotion of the democratic party.
There is the distinct aroma of desperation coming from the ailing Clinton camp.
Senator Clinton is the last person to attack anybody about campaign donations. How can she point her bloody finger at others on campaign finance?
Why doesn't Bill release the documents to show us what a perfect record the Clintons had over campaign donations?
She must be joking.
CNN (aka the Clinton News Network) at it again. Instead of this ticker addressing the need for more openness and honesty in politics, CNN presents us with a picture with Obama and Hillary in which Obama looks as one blogger said "sneaky" and Clinton look presidential. Also, ticker digs into Obama's openess and leaves Hillary secretiveness and bogus accusations alone.
Obama is buying votes in Iowa, NH....That could be considered as bribery.
He learnt this trick during his "foreign relation experience" at age 6-10 in Indonesia.
Hey, J E from Watertown, NY, Add smug and self-satisfied to your description of Obama's expression in the photo. If only he had some experience and depth, he MIGHT be a viable contender.
JE, Watertown, NY
I used to live in Watertown NY. I miss the snow up there.
I have notied that Obama is NOT a gentleman. He always refers to Her as "hillary clinton". Where as Hillary always refers to him as Senator Obama. May be all those drugs fried his braim enough that he has no manners.
Martha and David.
Don't blame hillary to answer Obama back. He has been attacking her like a pitbull for months and people are buying B.S. So she is just answering him back which she should have done months ago.
with the theme that the increasingly desperate-sounding Clinton campaign is
pushing that Obama has essentially traded money from the Hope Fund for
endorsements in the early primary and caucus states, I find it supremely
ironic that one of the recipients of a contribution from the Hope Fund (in
the amount of $4,200) was none other than the Senate campaign of one Hillary
Clinton. Given the fact that she dumped $10 million in unused money from
her Senate campaign into the Presidential campaign, it's pretty clear that
the Hope Fund has indirectly supported Hillary's campaign.
Since these were supposedly all about getting endorsements, I wonder when
Hillary will be endorsing Barack Obama. (And FWIW, some of the other
recipients have endorsed Hillary.)
By the way, here's a listing of all the House candidates who got money from
the Hope Fund for House races:
Altmire, Jason (D-PA) $7,500
Arcuri, Michael (D-NY) $5,000
Barrow, John (D-GA) $2,500
Bean, Melissa (D-IL) $15,000
Boswell, Leonard L (D-IA) $15,000
Boyda, Nancy E (D-KS) $2,500
Braley, Bruce (D-IA) $10,000
Burner, Darcy (D-WA) $2,500
Busby, Francine P (D-CA) $10,000
Carney, Chris (D-PA) $10,000
Castor, Kathy (D-FL) $1,000
Courtney, Joe (D-CT) $5,000
Cranley, John (D-OH) $5,000
Davis, Jack (D-NY) $5,000
Derby, Jill T (D-NV) $5,000
Donnelly, Joe (D-IN) $5,000
Duckworth, Tammy (D-IL) $10,000
Edwards, Chet (D-TX) $5,000
Ellison, Keith Maurice (D-MN) $2,500
Ellsworth, Brad (D-IN) $7,500
Evans, Lane (D-IL) $10,000
Farrell, Diane Goss (D-CT) $6,500
Filson, Steve N (D-CA) $2,500
Gillibrand, Kirsten E (D-NY) $2,500
Goldmark, Peter James (D-WA) $1,000
Hafen, Tessa (D-NV) $5,000
Hall, John (D-NY) $1,000
Hare, Philip G (D-IL) $5,000
Hill, Baron (D-IN) $10,000
Hodes, Paul W (D-NH) $10,000
Jackson, Jesse Jr (D-IL) $2,100
Jennings, Christine (D-FL) $2,500
Johnson, Hank (D-GA) $5,000
Kagen, Steven Leslie (D-WI) $2,500
Kellam, Phil (D-VA) $3,500
Kilroy, Mary Jo (D-OH) $5,000
Klein, Ron (D-FL) $7,000
Lampson, Nick (D-TX) $2,500
Loebsack, David (D-IA) $5,000
Lucas, Ken (D-KY) $5,000
Madrid, Patricia A (D-NM) $5,000
Maffei, Dan (D-NY) $2,500
Mahoney, Tim (D-FL) $5,000
Marshall, Jim (D-GA) $7,000
Matheson, Jim (D-UT) $2,500
McNerney, Jerry (D-CA) $5,000
Melancon, Charles J (D-LA) $5,000
Miller, Les (D-FL) $2,100
Mitchell, Harry E (D-AZ) $5,000
Murphy, Chris (D-CT) $5,000
Murphy, Lois (D-PA) $6,500
Murphy, Patrick J (D-PA) $16,326
Paccione, Angie (D-CO) $1,000
Perlmutter, Edwin G (D-CO) $5,000
Rodriguez, Ciro D (D-TX) $5,000
Salazar, John (D-CO) $5,000
Schakowsky, Jan (D-IL) $1,000
Seals, Dan (D-IL) $5,000
Sestak, Joe (D-PA) $5,000
Shea-Porter, Carol (D-NH) $7,500
Shuler, Heath (D-NC) $10,000
Space, Zachary T (D-OH) $5,000
Spratt, John M Jr (D-SC) $5,000
Spencer, Selden (D-IA) $2,500
Sulzer, Joe (D-OH) $5,000
Sutton, Betty Sue (D-OH) $5,000
Tinklenberg, Elwyn (D-MN) $2,000
Walz, Timothy J (D-MN) $3,500
Weaver, John Michael (D-KY) $1,000
Welch, Peter (D-VT) $7,500
Wetterling, Patty (D-MN) $3,500
Wilson, Charlie (D-OH) $7,000
Yarmuth, John A (D-KY) $3,500
I don't see any particular pattern of money going to early states (or even
to Obama supporters). The main pattern is that a lot of these people were
in very tight races (or at least races that were supposed to have been very
AND MY CONGRESSMAN JOE SESTAK ENDORSED HILLARY hmmm
what a farce hillary is for even daring to bring this up!
This coming from the same woman that calls the D.C. lobbies representative of everyday Americans.
Yeah right Hillary.
Obama looks like if he had his nose any higher in the air he'd drown in the first rainfall...but then, most turkeys are pretty stupid.
NO, NO, SAY IT AIN'T SO!!! The "CULTURE OF CORRUPTION".
The queen of finance said so, it must be true. Hillary knows every way in the world to use those campaign funds. She is better with the money numbers making magic like David Blane.
This is her true experience in fighting the GOP for the past35 years and winning, if you consider not being put in jail for her numerous frauds winning.
By the way, she still has that little matter of a multi million dollar scandal coming up in the Western District federal court yet doesn't she?