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    February 14, 2008

    Buying off superdelegates

    Posted by: Chris

    As highly as I regard Barack Obama, this stinks to high heaven:

    Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton have been putting on a charm offensive of phone calls and personal visits to woo the undecideds among superdelegates, the 796 elected Democrats and party leaders whose votes may eventually determine the party’s nominee.

    Beyond that, both senators, through their political action committees, have already given some of the elected officials among the superdelegates a considerable sum in campaign contributions. Superdelegates have received more than $890,000 in campaign contributions from Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton in the last three years, according to Capital Eye, a newsletter published by the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group that analyzes campaign finance data.

    Mr. Obama’s political action committee, Hope Fund, has given more than $694,000 in contributions to superdelegates since 2005, the article said. And of the 81 elected officials who have committed their superdelegate votes to Mr. Obama, 34 received contributions from him in the past.

    Mrs. Clinton’s political action committee, Hillpac, has given $195,000 to superdelegates. Of the 109 superdelegates who have promised her their support, only 13 received contributions from her.

    Every campaign has its unsavory aspects, and I expect it of the Clintons. But not Obama, and especially to that extent.



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    1. R on Feb 15, 2008 12:06:36 AM:

      So shocked! Not. Just wait until the RNC sends a horde of reporters to dig around south Chicago. It will make Whitewater look like tiddlywinks. And the horde of koolaid-drinking Obamaniacs will turn their rapt hysteria on to The Next Big Thing. On the bright side, President John McCain probably won't be as bad as Bushie.

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