February 15th, 2008
01:32 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama hits Clinton on lobbyist money

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/15/art.obama0215.ap.jpg caption="Obama returned to the trail Friday on the attack."] (CNN) - Barack Obama accused opponent Hillary Clinton Friday of “defending Washington lobbyists” and special interests.

“Yesterday, Sen. Clinton unveiled her latest in a long line of slogans, which argues that she’s proposed solutions while others have not,” said Obama, who returned to the campaign trail in Wisconsin after a one-day break.

He said both candidates had good ideas but that Washington was a place “where good ideas go to die. They’re the victim of petty, partisan politics, point-scoring, and special interest influence that’s out of control. …

“You know, after defending Washington lobbyists as people who ‘represent real Americans’ at a debate in August, Sen. Clinton said yesterday that she would take them on as president,” said Obama, who alleged the New York senator had taken almost twice as much money from lobbyists as any other presidential candidate this cycle.

“That’s not being a part of the solutions business. That’s being a part of business-as-usual in Washington,” said Obama.

The two candidates have been locked in an increasingly bitter war of words as they battle for pledged delegates awarded in primary and caucus votes, and superdelegates, who can shift their allegiance at any time.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

soundoff (254 Responses)
  1. Wesley

    Amy is right, Obama has not taken any money from lobbyists. The money he has raised has come from normal every day people like you and me. Clinton is a liar and a con artist. She'll take money from lobbyists then turn around and say she is against them and will shut them down when she gets elected president. Honestly its people like Clinton who are giving this country a bad name by playing dirty politics. Obama represents honesty and the people.

    February 15, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  2. ALB

    A lot of you people are clearly completely ignorant on the issues. Hillary is basically in bed with the lobbyists. Obama has not taken a cent. Get your facts straight.

    Just say NO to BILLARY 08

    February 15, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. David, Ventura CA

    tell it like it is obama!

    obama 08!!

    February 15, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. E. in Dallas, TX

    Ugh, the Clinton family has also "loaned" their mailing list from her donors of her campaign and earned almost 9 thousand in December from doing so. They "loaned" it the owner of Info Usa who also contributes to the Clinton Library.

    Wake up people. The Clintons love corporate mula.

    February 15, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  5. GAR/Tri-State Area

    I see "Obama Nation" has it's "American Idol" candidate! ...WORD!

    February 15, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  6. full disclosure

    Hillary needs to release her tax returns, she's hiding something.

    Did you know that they "rented" their mailing list to a company that Bill works for? Normally, this would net them close to 800K but they only got 8K (and that was 11 months later). Something doesn't smell right.

    February 15, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  7. Obamacan

    You can go to the FEC website and see every donation that is made to his and Hillary's campaign.


    February 15, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  8. Nabil Abou-Harb

    Reading all these comments, I've come to the conclusion that the American electorate is really in trouble. Most of the Obama defenders on here are drinking too much of the Kool-Aid and most of the Clinton backers are oblivious to the many out-right political missteps and flip-flops of the Clinton campaign.

    You guys really need to get some perspective on things... Sheesh.

    February 15, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  9. Jack

    Clinton is no solution.
    As for healthcare, for COVERING EVERYBODY, Clinton's solution is … to MAKE EVERYBODY PAY, and PUNISH those who cannot pay!
    Her story about "Mandate" is nothing else than a disguised word for "coercion".
    Punishing the weakest in society that one pretends to help: I've never heard anything more absurd and insensitive in politics.

    February 15, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  10. stanley nwabudike ,from london

    I think senator clinton is deperate for power, if you look at both candidate , you see can the difference between reality and deperation.

    February 15, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  11. Chris from NY

    I encourage people to find the facts, no rely on any campaign to tell you what is what. The record should speak louder than any candidate. Don't be caught up in the back-n-forth of negative politics.

    February 15, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  12. Mike

    Obama has taken money from lobbyist. So please not say he has been given money from lobbyist. According to the Boston Globe, which states in article dated 8/9/07: "In Obama's eight years in the Illinois Senate, from 1996 to 2004, almost two-thirds of the money he raised for his campaigns - $296,000 of $461,000 - came from PACs, corporate contributions, or unions, according to Illinois Board of Elections records. He tapped financial services firms, real estate developers, healthcare providers, oil companies, and many other corporate interests, the records show."

    February 15, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |

    you people are pathetic. I cant beleive that you cant see that this guy is a fraud.

    John Mccain is going to expose him like a naked baby out of the womb

    have Americans become this naive. To believe a politician that tells you what you want to hear is sad.

    I love this,the Democrats as always aim the gun right to the foot. The Republican party is enjoying this immensly,they (Democrats)cant even unite their party how are they going to unite the country,give me a break!!!!

    February 15, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  14. Check this out!!! This is NO CHANGE!

    Susan.........sorry – you are wrong! And does anyone find it interesting that if Clinton points out something on Obama it is negative ad but if Obama points out something on Clinton is is NEVER portrayed that way?

    We should all wake up – Senator Obama is just as much a part of the good ol boys club in Washington as Ted Kennedy is – or as John Kerry is.

    I am stil confused over the CHANGE message when millions are uninsured now and if his healthcare policy was implemented millions would be uninsured then.........just don't see the change.

    One last comment – Clinton brought out the green jobs in Dec 2007, and she brought out the central bank theory in Aug 2007.....looks like she is the leader and he is candy coating the same message and trying to make it his.............looks like politics as usual to me!

    I think Senator Obama also took his name off of the Michigan ballot...and then learned from Senator Clinton and left it on in Florida? She again was the leader and he followed..........now that isn't change to me! That is just simply playing 'follow the leader'

    February 15, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. David

    Obama should be the President or BUSH must stay on. I am tried of the Clintons thinking we should serve them for life they stink

    February 15, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  16. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Wrong, Wrong, Wrong, use your brain. If Obama took money from lobbyist Hillary would be the first to tell you and further she would deny that she does. Further, Hillary and McCain keep saying Obama doesn't give specifics and the reason why they keep saying that is so they can continue to steal his ideals or reshape them as their own because they have none. Obama has been specific enough and that's all they need to know prior to any debate. Obama is a smart man and knows not to play into their hands. They both are desperate of know what Obama knows. Obama is simply the best.

    February 15, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. Marggie

    Lobbying the government is a constitutional right... hating on lobbyists is such a cliche campaign argument.

    February 15, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  18. 4Hillary

    Newsday Newspaper in Ohio:
    "We do not have a direct quote indicating her campaign told us she thought it was good for the economy at that time. Also, for that matter, Clinton's campaign did not contact us to question the item after it appeared in print.

    Obama's use of the citation in this way does strike us as misleading. The quote marks make it look as if Hillary said "boon," not us. It's an example of the kind of slim reeds campaigns use to try to win an office. That said, we should have been clearer."

    Talk about saying anything to win.... Goo Hillary!!!!!

    February 15, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  19. Leo

    Do not fall for Hillary's dirty politics. Hillary going dirty ... BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Bad politics. Exactly what Mr. Obama has been warning us about all along. I have been nice to Hillary until now, but yesterdays commercial was ugly. BOOOOOOOOO ... GO HOME HILLARY.

    GO OBAMA!!!!

    February 15, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  20. Jim in Las Vegas

    He can say he don't take money from lobbyists all he wants. He still has them on his staff as advisers. There's something you never hear the MSM talk about.

    February 15, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  21. Marge Hibbing Mn

    Change change change I guess he took over the dictionary and when anybody mentions a word his members say that's his, change must be in his camp now...

    And...and....if Hillary dares, if she so much as dares dispute his claims his supporters go ape.....the say SHE is attacking him.

    obama is a joke, he has done nothing and doesn't know now to do anything but grin and smirk and give speeches written by someone else. It is a shame that , this is all it takes to get some people to follow. He doesn't give you any specifics on what he is going to do. But as far as lobbyist,,,REMEMBER HE HAD TWO HEALTH CARE LOBBYIST AS PART OF HIS TEAM.

    Now he accuses Hillary of taking money...HE HAD THE MEMBERS OF THE LOBBYIST GIVING HIM DIRECTIONS.

    February 15, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. john

    amy :"I am 100% sure Obama has taken NO money from lobbyist. The money that he took from one company at the beginning of the campaign he gave back once he found out that they were involved in lobbyist activities........"
    How much more deluded can anyone get...Obama maybe the lesser of the two evils but he certainly is no saint. He has created a cult nothing less...and sadly this is going to be the reason for him becoming the next president of these United States, not because of issues but cult,blind cult following.

    February 15, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. margy

    correct the spelling to "none of us has clean hands"

    February 15, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  24. Jason

    OBAMA 08.
    He's going to win, and that's all that matters!

    February 15, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  25. Debby

    Obama is kidding right. His political career at the begining was bought and paid for by Rezko. He would have gotten no where without this "Slumlord." Obama isn't so squeaky clean people wake up. It will be interesting to see who will take a chance on being his running mate if he gets the nom. I doubt Hillary or John Edwards will want that job. Maybe Oprah!

    February 15, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
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