June 20th, 2008
11:47 AM ET
13 years ago

Nader campaign hits Obama in new fundraising pitch


[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/20/art.nader.gi.jpg caption="Nader’s campaign is taking aim at Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama in a new fundraising pitch."] (CNN) - A presidential rival is fundraising off of Barack Obama’s decision to reject public financing for the general election, using the move to fuel allegations the presumptive Democratic nominee is a policy-shifting flip-flopper.

But it isn’t John McCain.

Ralph Nader’s campaign sent an e-mail to supporters Friday that paints Obama as too close to big business and special interests. “Ralph Nader stands for shifting the power from the big corporations back to the people. Period. Full stop. End of story,” writes the Nader campaign. “Contrast that with Senator Obama.”

The message highlights what it says are changes in the Illinois senator’s positions on public spending limits, NAFTA and economic populism, and says that Obama has surrounded himself with “veterans of the military industrial complex status quo.” It does not mention his Republican counterpart, John McCain.

“We're at six percent nationwide in the most recent CNN poll. We're going to be on ten state ballots by the end of June. And we're shooting for 40 by the end of the summer,” writes the Nader campaign. “Together, we are moving forward. And together, we will make a difference in November.”

Barack Obama’s lead over John McCain increased by one point in the most recent CNN national poll when Nader, a perennial presidential contender, was included as one of the options.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Ralph Nader
soundoff (239 Responses)
  1. Melinda

    Has anyone seen where the lion's share of Obama's money has also been coming from? Big business, including millions from the Mortgage Industry.

    June 20, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  2. Moon over San Diego

    Nader is a nuisance and is nothing more than a sideshow. He couldn't look any more stupid. This is an old man who can't control his own ego and narcissism.

    June 20, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. Rick in Florida

    Seems to me that Obama has JUST SAVED AMERICANS over $84million dollars of TAXPAYER MONEY!!! Why is that such a bad thing??

    June 20, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  4. garychapelhill

    you obama people are sick

    June 20, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  5. scarey

    Here's the deal, people - it ain't brain surgery. Obama changed his position and rightly so. The Republicans have a boatload of money and have no compunctions about using the dirty politics of the fringe groups (like those who were responsible for the swift boat ads in '04). He is quite correct – the public campaign finance system is BROKEN, BROKEN, BROKEN! There is too much at stake this election to allow money to be a deciding factor and it surely will be if the Dems rely on public financing regimens.

    June 20, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. Vote Nader

    Vote Nader, I thank him every day for electing Bush twice.

    June 20, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  7. Vote Nader

    Patrick Henry June 20th, 2008 12:52 pm ET

    "...Libertarians 2008

    30 state ballots–and moving up!!..."


    Congratulations on getting on 30 ballots! That's fantastic. Good luck to Rep. Barr and your Party this fall.


    ** Nader/Gonzalez 2008 **

    June 20, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. Ding, Washington, DC

    Is he running to win, damage, or loose?. I just don't get his logic.

    June 20, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  9. dorothy

    Barack Obama, is smart enough to change his mind, because he can see the Handwriting on the Wall, of John McCain, a liar with his partner in crime , President George Bush. The Republicans, already have more money than Barack Obama, NOW!


    June 20, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. Melinda

    Moderator: Supposedly postin on a public News site is the American Way?

    Why do you keep holding and then deleting my posts?

    June 20, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. Mike

    Obama wants to change the rules when they favor himself. That is change you can believe in, just like Hillary. Both of the Democratic candidates love to change the goalposts

    June 20, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. scarey

    Another thing, Ralph - you are old news and bad news. We have moved on and a Nader campaign just isn't viable. Too much at stake here, Ralphie boy. We cannot afford to waste time and effort on Ralph Nader (and to think, I and so many others, actually held you in great high esteem back in the 60s - oh, how things change!),

    June 20, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. Brandon Hillary Democrat for Mc Cain

    I dont like Nader but he is certaintly more qualified to be president then bambi is....

    If no Hillary on the ticket I go mc cain.....

    June 20, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  14. ProundToBeADemocrat

    When the Republicans are angry that is good day for repulicans now add Nader to it this is a sign that our next president is going to be Obama getting attacked by Nader and the Right. He is raising money from regular americans donation of $5,$10,$25 so on. This is the leader we can beleive in.

    June 20, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  15. C E H S

    Can any of you complainers say you have ever done anything good for anyone else, or do you just like to bash people who have tried? This is America, and we all have the right to run for office, at least some people try to do good, and then there are you "I" creeps who can only say negative because that is all you know. You all need to take a look at your own stupid petty little lives and quit being so quick to bash others who are at least trying to allow you keep our lifestyle so that you can bash them . You people ar so beyond stupid it is frightening.....

    June 20, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  16. richard

    with nader on the ballot, obama INCREASED his lead over mccain by 1 point!


    June 20, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. AJ

    I'm no fan of Ralph Nader but he's not exactly wrong. A little bit of research shows that Obama will take any cash he can get no matter who it's from. And if you look at his fundraising prior to the presidential primaries, over 60% of his funds came from corporations and lobbyists. Obama is ruthlessly ambitious and will do anything and say anything to get elected. I’ve been a democrat for 30 years and have never sat out an election prior to this one. I’ll be staying home in November. The choices are too dismal.

    June 20, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. Sal

    UUUUUUGGGGGHHHHHH, i can't stand this guy. Obama gets small donations from "the people" Period. 1.5million online donations. I like how Nader never mentioned McCain, I wonder how much the Republicans are paying him to run this year.

    June 20, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Since when is refusing money from the government a bad thing? I would think the Republicans especially would applaud this move.

    You know the 527s will be out in force if McCain goes with public funding. This is the only way Obama can fight against the type of campaign everyone knows McCain and the RNC will run.

    And why is it that Nader claims to be independent but always seems to criticize the Democratic nominee?

    June 20, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. Theo

    Are we not allowed to change our minds on issues? John McCain and now Nader are bashing Obama for "changing" his stance on certain issues but isn't that what you are supposed to do or should do when you gather more and more information and thus are better equipped to make a decision. I wish the current administration would have changed their minds on many issues once it became clear that they made several wrong decisions.

    June 20, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  21. Emma

    Nader is old and a "has been." He is dreaming if he thinks he will derail Senator Obama's candidacy.

    Nader is in Looneytuneville!

    June 20, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  22. Mary

    Where do these people come from?....UNDER A ROCK

    June 20, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  23. Independent in Iowa

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Now Ralphy,

    You know better than to point out Obama's flaws. He's a perfect man and his bots won't believe anything negative about him – even if he says it himself. They will cut any and everyone down who don't agree with them. Heck, you're probably a racist now.

    Now drink your koolaid and no more picking on poor Obama.

    June 20, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  24. Tammy - KCMO

    I don't understand what the issue is with how Obama raises his campaign money? As long as he's following the rules, why is it the business of his opponents?
    I have the think this is an issue because he is able to raise funds in this way like no other politician has ever done and it's scaring the other politicians.
    He doesn't owe it to the opponents to fall in line to receive campaign money in the same way they do.
    Get used to it – Obama is the politician of the future!

    June 20, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  25. BigCatLover

    Wow, I'm so glad we have the internet so that people like the clueless Obama supporters above can write the garbage they've written: clueless about history, clueless about how you get on the ballot as a presidential candidate, and totally clueless about how BO's fundraising is actually done. PUMA Pac.

    June 20, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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