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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-04-08 07:07 PM
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Clinton Gets Most Lobbyist Money, McCain Most Help

Clinton Gets Most Lobbyist Money, McCain Most Help

Jonathan D. Salant Mon Feb 4, 1:29 PM ET

Feb. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Democrat Hillary Clinton has raised more money from lobbyists than any other presidential candidate while Republican John McCain has more of them assisting his campaign.

Clinton took in $823,087 from registered lobbyists and members of their firms in 2007 and the second-biggest recipient was McCain, who took in $416,321, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington-based group which tracks political giving. Barack Obama, Clinton's rival for the Democratic nomination, doesn't take money from registered lobbyists, although he received $86,282 from employees of firms that lobby, according to the center.

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Clinton's total from lobbyists is a fraction of what they raise on her behalf; her campaign doesn't disclose which donations are brought in by lobbyist bundlers.

Heather Podesta, a Washington lobbyist, donated $4,600 to Clinton, FEC records show. She's raised more than $250,000 for Clinton by tapping her network of contacts and holding fundraisers.

``Most of my attention is focused on raising money and new supporters,'' Podesta, sister-in-law to President Bill Clinton's Chief of Staff John Podesta, said in an interview. ``That's the best way for me to make a contribution.''

Like Podesta, former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Steve Ricchetti has also signed on to be a so-called Hillraiser. Ricchetti's firm was paid $1.7 million during the first six months of 2007 to lobby on behalf of Amgen Inc. and Sirius Satellite Radio, among others.

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usregimechange Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-04-08 07:09 PM
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1. That speaks volumes
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neutron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-04-08 07:18 PM
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6. You'd better read a few FACTS:
Today the foremost economist stated that HRC's healthplan was
magnificent, and Obama's was INCOMPETENT.

I will provide the link below.

Yesterday, the NYT front page article told how Obama FAILED to
pass a bill to PROTECT HIS DISTRICT from the local Nuclear Power
Plant leaks.

They were getting RADIOACTIVITY in their water.

NEXT, Obama TOOK several hundred thousand dollars from the
Nuke honchos for his Senate Campaign.

He had the NERVE to go BRAGGING around Iowa that his bill
passed when it DID NOT.

He finally got a bill passed - it protected the NUCLEAR POWER PLANT.

Does that make you think at all?

Link 1:

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/04/opinion/04krugman.htm...

Link 2:

http://thefeldmanblog.com/2008/02/03/barack-obama-lies-...
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-04-08 07:26 PM
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7. No, you need to read the facts:
Fact Check on New York Times Story

S.2348
Title: A bill to amend the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 to require a licensee to notify the Atomic Energy Commission, and the State and county in which a facility is located, whenever there is an unplanned release of fission products in excess of allowable limits.
Sponsor: Sen Obama, Barack (introduced 3/1/2006) Cosponsors (4)
Related Bills: H.R.4825
Latest Major Action: 9/25/2006 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 637.
Senate Reports: 109-347 COSPONSORS(4), ALPHABETICAL : (Sort: by date)


Sen Boxer, Barbara - 9/12/2006
Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham - 9/25/2006
Sen Durbin, Richard - 3/1/2006
Sen Voinovich, George V. - 9/25/2006


Fact Check: Hillary Clinton Attacks Obama on Yucca But His Record of Opposition is Consistent and Clinton Has Taken Contributions from The Nuclear Industry



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usregimechange Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-04-08 07:44 PM
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9. Is that the same NYT that helped get us into Iraq?
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-05-08 04:01 PM
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12. Here's a fact: You don't get radioactivity in water. Radioactivity is energy.
Like when you get an x-ray at the dentist radiation energy is used to expose film. You don't get radioactivity in your head.

And your link to the fieldman blog. Isn't that blog satire??
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TwilightGardener Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-04-08 07:09 PM
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2. Gee, what a stellar and inspiring race Clinton vs. McCain would be...
:eyes:
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NC_Nurse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-04-08 07:14 PM
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3. Stop, you're depressing me.
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Occam Bandage Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-04-08 07:15 PM
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4. BUT OBAMA IS THE CORPORATIST CANDIDATE
:eyes:
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-05-08 11:12 AM
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11. Imagine that! n/t
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Bread and Circus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-04-08 07:15 PM
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5. But, but...Clinton is going to change all that...no more crony politics!
didn't you get the memo?
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bellasgrams Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-04-08 07:37 PM
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8. Someone posted an article last week saying the exact opposite.
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-04-08 07:54 PM
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10. The facts are the facts. n/t
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