April 15th, 2008
04:28 PM ET
12 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. Scott L

    Man the dem party is crumbling...

    As Nelson from the Simpsons says

    "HA HA!"

    April 15, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  2. NickNas

    All of this in such a short amount of time tells me that Hillay knows she is done. You Always fire off all your remaining ammo right before your position is overrun!

    Can you sat Death rattle of an desperate negative campaign?

    April 15, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  3. Carl from Pa

    Do people realize that Hillary isn't saying the whole truth on the energy bill?? 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.

    Enough with the lies and double talk, Hillary. Stop misleading the public to false ideas about Barack – since he will probably be the nominee and you hopefully don't want McCain in the White House.

    Don't be fooled people and check out Factcheck.org to get the real skinny.

    April 15, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  4. April in Texas

    Hillary nothing you can do will get me to vote for you. Give it up already, after all your lies and dirty tactics hoping to destroy the party will not help you. Should I remind you that you voted FOR a WAR where Obama was against it in the beginning.. Get real and lets move on to the issues at hand.. Its time for you to quit.

    Obama 08

    April 15, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  5. NickSanDiego

    Hillary making ad about where money comes from.

    Well then canObama laugh it off and go about his business just like she did when asked to explain the 800K from Columbia and teh VERY questinable donors to the Clinton Foundation?? I saw ONE Clinton Buddy gave them $110,000,000 for a favor they did for him and THAT ISN'T part of the $109,000,000 that they declared on their fed tax returns but control 100%

    April 15, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  6. Tim

    Theres a sharp difference between Obama voting for a bill and then claiming with no proof that he did it for special interests and Clinton taking money for lobbyists. Clinton has NO IDEA why Obama voted for that bill. She does, however, know full well what she is doing when she TAKES MONEY FROM LOBBYISTS.

    The people of the remaining states will see right through this. She is the Washington Insider. He is the fresh face. Thats been her whole schtick the entire time. Explain to me, Hillary, how an "inexperienced" new senator has enough experience to do some things but not others? It doesnt add up. Either hes capable or hes not.

    April 15, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  7. pc

    Obama learns from his mistakes. Hillary doesn't.

    Go Obama!

    April 15, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  8. elaine of california

    Its about time Obama hits back on Hilliary. So far he had been a real gentleman about not digging the mud up on Hilliary...Hilliary has done nothing but attacked Obama since the campaign began....in fact she even stated "let the fun begin". I'm sick of her negative campaigning and her supporter who are constantly whining about any attack against Hilliary....she has thrown everything at him including the kitchen sink and she is still behind. More than half of America does not like Hilliary...wonder why...can you figure it out Hilliary supporters...take your vote and give it to Mc Cain we don't need you.
    If Hilliary steals this nomination I will vote for McCain too...so what do you think of that Hilliary supporters...white sixty one year old woman.

    April 15, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  9. lin

    Hillary is right and Obama did vote with Bush but it won't change nothing for Obama nuts they like him because he's part black and gives good speeches even though their not his speeches more than half the time and when they are, it usually starts trouble like when he was in San Fransico. It's not about change or pollicy, It's about people who make money who don't have any forclosures or health insurance problems who thinks its cool to have a black guy and all the AA who are voting strictly by color, it's sad but true.

    April 15, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  10. Lord Voldemort

    No you did it.

    No You did it.

    No you did it.

    I dont like it when mommy and daddy are fighting

    April 15, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |

    Carl from PA – that is not what Senator Obama has said.

    Check this out:

    Posted on Monday, January 28, 2008 11:16:47 AM by tmp02

    Number of bundlers for 2008 presidential candidates: 2,382 Number of lobbyist bundlers for 2008 presidential candidates: 143 Amount raised by 2008 presidential candidates: $317,070,981

    Barack Obama (D) Total Raised: $78,915,507 ************ Bundlers: 359 Lobbyist Bundlers: 10

    Hillary Clinton (D) Total Raised: $78,507,181 ************ Bundlers: 322 Lobbyist Bundlers: 20

    April 15, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  12. UNITED States



    April 15, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  13. Niky

    Now, is there a way we can check the facts?

    April 15, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  14. Dee

    Just making the connection between the Bush-Cheney name does not make the bill bad!!!
    That bill placed an increased tax burden on oil companies!

    Hillary is using cheap political manipulation techniques again...what else is new?

    April 15, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  15. James, PA

    Hillary is a mess. Just still putting distractions. There is no way Obama would consider Hillary for VP.

    April 15, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  16. Spirit of America

    Obama voted for the Bush-Cheney energy ripoff, and Clinton voted against it.
    Actions speak louder than words.
    Obama is a fraud.

    April 15, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  17. Lord Voldemort

    Has anyone seen Ron Paul?
    Wasn't he planing or having a revolution?
    I miss the little crazy bugger.

    April 15, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  18. Former Clinton Voter

    You know, I was until today a Clinton supporter, but even I have to finally admit Hillary has an honesty problem. You can excuse a few things maybe here and there, but this is a really established pattern. The most important quality in any President is character, and I just don't think Hillary has any. I do believe Obama does so I am cast my support behind him now. It's time we unite and pull together for the main event that's coming. Let's go people.

    April 15, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  19. Jake, California

    Is Hillary against people voting for bad bills?

    I thought the Iraq war bill was bad...maybe I'm not in touch with America.

    April 15, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  20. RealityKing

    The truth is..., no candidate takes money from oil companies because it is illegal to accept donations from corporations.

    But company employees can give, and give they do..., in fact, Obama has received nearly $214,000 from oil and gas industry executives and their families.

    April 15, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  21. Marie in California

    Obama is so much hot air and baloney! And the people he chooses to hang out with leave a whole lot to be desired. Plus, he has four fatal flaws....no experience, no character, no substance, no judgment.

    Hillary needs to save us from the scary possibility of an Obama presidency. If she fails, then the job will have to go to McCain.

    No Obamination in the presidency.....ever!

    Hillary or McCain – 2008

    April 15, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  22. Tega

    Obama 08 for life!!!!

    April 15, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  23. demwit

    Are the dems fighting over oil??

    April 15, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  24. Vanessa

    That's right... so out of the 130+ million Obama has raised, around 100k came from executives in the oil companies (I think it was about 3-4 executives)

    Hillary... how many millions did you take from medical and oil lobbyists?

    Obama is about "words"... how much do you and your husband charge for speaking engagements?

    How long Hillary ever on food stamps growing up?

    April 15, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  25. Robin

    Blah, Blah, Blah I am getting sick of this whole thing. Looking at all three of these people makes me sick.

    April 15, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
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