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Obama talks about not taking lobbyists money in new Pennsylvania spot.


WASHINGTON--Another new spot by Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) running in Pennsylvania, dealing with a lawmaker who turned pharmacutical industry lobbyist, emphasizes that Obama is the only candidate who "refuses" to take lobbyist money. He accepted contributions from lobbyists and political action committees as a state senator, U.S. House candidate, U.S. Senate candidate and for his own political action committee, HOPEFUND. Obama stopped taking donations from these sources when he started running for president in February, 2007.

New Obama Ad Hits Pennsylvania TV

In “Billy,” Obama cites prescription drug bill as evidence of need to change Washington

PHILADELPHIA, PA—Senator Barack Obama’s Pennsylvania campaign today began airing a new television ad which underscores the need to end business as usual in Washington in order to finally make progress for working families.

In the thirty-second spot, entitled “Billy,” Obama explains that the pharmaceutical industry wrote a provision into the prescription drug plan preventing Medicare from negotiating with drug companies, and that the chairman of the committee who pushed the bill through to law then left Congress to take a multi-million dollar job with the pharmaceutical industry.

Senator Obama is the one candidate in this race who doesn’t take money from special interest PACs or their Washington lobbyists, and he’s the one candidate who has actually passed legislation to reduce their influence on the political process. As President, Obama will close the revolving door between the executive branch and K Street, stand up to the special interests, and make government work for everyday Americans again.

SCRIPT – “Billy”

Barack Obama: The pharmaceutical industry wrote into the prescription drug plan that Medicare could not negotiate with drug companies. And you know what the chairman of the committee, who pushed the law through went to work for the pharmaceutical industry making 2 million dollars a year.

Imagine that.

That’s an example of the same old game playing in Washington. You know I don’t want to learn how to play the game better, I want to put an end to the game playing.


Clinton critized ad and Obama spokesman, Hari Sevugan, shot back saying:

“Just like her last tall tale about dodging sniper fire in Bosnia, Senator Clinton has misfired with her latest negative ad. The fact is, Barack Obama takes no money from Washington lobbyists or PACs while Senator Clinton has taken more than any Democrat or Republican in this race, and that includes oil companies. Obama has been a Senate leader in fighting for higher fuel efficiency standards, alternative fuels and for the repeal of tax breaks for oil companies. Until this year, Senator Clinton opposed higher fuel efficiency standards and in 2004 she supported a huge tax break for the oil industry. This just another example of the broken Washington politics that Barack Obama is running to change.”

Angellight--tell Julie Mack the following:
Are you trying to ruin our chances to beat McCain in the Fall? Is it that important that Barack win?
Were you promised a position in his organization in some way?
Barack Obama is a politician.
So is Hilary.
He's got a lot more liabilities for us to defend against McCain in the Fall.
That's why I'm not supporting him right now.
These inane bashes of Hilary Clinton and the bashing of Lynn Sweet when she merely does her JOB need to stop.

Oh--and Angellight--how did you even KNOW Hari Sevugan 'shot back'--are you part of the Obama campaign or on its payroll, hoping for a cushy position in the organization? Tell me--when Julie Mack posted from D.C.--was she traveling with the campaign? Are you?

Lynn--when you get back--find out if this ad is still running in PA--this is SO misleading, as Obama's campaign coordinator in New Hampshire was a STATE pharmaceutical company lobbyist. Does the junior senator think the only media that counts is the lapdog Chicago corporate media swilling down all those corporate bundled lobbyist contributions?

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