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HIGHLAND PARK, ILL.-- For years, fund-raising appeals from right wing groups and various Republican party committees invoked the name of Hillary Rodham Clinton in order to raise campaign cash. Add Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama to the list, who is doing some Clinton mongering to spur donations.

Early Tuesday morning--hours after the news that Clinton outraised him in the third quarter but most important, has more primary cash on hand (by $2.1 million)--Obama attacked Clinton for taking money from Washington lobbyists and political action committees.

"Hillary Clinton aggressively seeks money from Washington lobbyists and special interest PACs," said the e-mail, signed by Obama and landing in an in-box at 4:14 a.m. eastern time. Obama happily took donations from Washington lobbyists and PACs for his campaign funds, banning the money only last February when he opened his White House drive.

Obama, who is at peace with Mayor Daley's political machine-- is at war with the Bill and Hill machine.

Obama is increasingly weaving two themes together about Clinton; she is a quasi-incumbent and the Boss of a political machine. Obama writes, "In the face of the most entrenched political machine in Democratic politics, I believe a movement of ordinary Americans can change our country. And you can prove that right now."

the Obama letter.........


Dear XXX,

Last night each of the presidential campaigns reported their third-quarter fundraising numbers.

The results are clear. We continue to build the largest grassroots movement in history, but Washington lobbyists and special interests rallied to help Hillary Clinton out-raise us for the first time.

If we want real change in this country, then we need to prove that together we are stronger than the lobbyist-driven money machine that has dominated Washington for too long.

The situation here is simple. We are $2.1 million behind. We must close that gap right now. I need you to make a donation of $50:

https://donate.barackobama.com/closegap

Hillary Clinton aggressively seeks money from Washington lobbyists and special interest PACs. She's even said that these lobbyists represent real Americans.

She's wrong.

I think it's time to turn the page on that kind of politics, and that's why I have not accepted a dime from Washington lobbyists and special interest PACs in this race. We rely on a network of more than 350,000 ordinary people to make us competitive -- more supporters than all the other Democratic candidates combined.

Washington lobbyists have chosen their candidate and are determined to provide her with an overwhelming advantage. But you can even up this contest.

In the face of the most entrenched political machine in Democratic politics, I believe a movement of ordinary Americans can change our country. And you can prove that right now.

I need you to make a donation to close the gap:

https://donate.barackobama.com/closegap

Barack

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we're now catching another glimpse of how the junior senator from illinois reacts to stress. the politics of hope?
there's a hole in his politics, and experiences which go way, way back, perhaps to indonesia and hawaii and to trying to find his way to being something on the streets of the south side of chicago. it's now emerging for most to see.
yet the presidency, and the path to it, should not be viewed as a form of therapy. we've done that...been there.

A year ago Obama traveled all the way over to Kenya to denounce the fraud and corruption in their political process. At home in Illinois and Chicago he is as tight as a bug in a rug with the corruption politics of the Daley machine, the Stroger machine and the corruption under his ally Governor Blago. He even made a "bone headed" decision to invite the recently indicted Tony Rezko to be a real estate partner with him when he purchased his home. Senator, you are no different than the worst of our Chicago political hacks and your time as the rock star will soon come to a widespread awareness of your phoniness and deception. You may be able to fool the 18 year old college students in Iowa but you are playing a dangerous game that is bound to catch up with you.

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This page contains a single entry by Lynn Sweet published on October 16, 2007 8:13 AM.

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