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In his first order of business as his party's presumed presidential nominee, Barack Obama is instructing the Democratic National Committee to adopt his policy against accepting donations from federal lobbyists or political action committees.
The change will make the party and the candidate have a consistent position. Obama often says banning the donations is one way to help keep him free of the influence of Washington insiders.
The move indicates Obama will argue Republican rival John McCain is under the influence of special interests because of his advisers' lobbying ties.
Obama's ban on lobbyists money is not ironclad. He does accept money from lobbyists who do not do business with the federal government and he also accepts money from spouses and family members of lobbyists. He has had unpaid advisers with federal lobbying clients, and some campaign officials also previously had lobbying jobs.
Originally posted by Icarus Rising
I am not very impressed ....
Club for Growth Survey, conducted by Brasswood Research (Jan. 28-29, 2006)
* 61 percent say their opinion of lobbyists is “unfavorable.”
* 80 percent of likely voters say the “level of ethical misconduct in Congress today” is either “serious” (50 percent) or “scandalous” (30 percent).
Democracy Corps Questionnaire (Jan. 22-25, 2006)
* 83 percent believe that the current level of corruption is a serious problem—39 percent think it is a “serious” problem, 44 percent think it is a “very serious” problem.
+ 81 percent are upset about the way the House Ethics Committee is operating—24 percent are “extremely” upset, 26 percent “very” upset, 31 percent “somewhat” upset.
CBS News/New York Times Poll (Jan. 20-25, 2006)
* 77 percent of registered voters believe that lobbyists bribing members is just “the way things work in Congress.”
* 57 percent think that at least half of all members of Congress accept bribes or gifts that influence their votes.
FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll (Jan. 10-11, 2006)