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obamian Donating Member (282 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-06-07 03:05 PM
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Obama to Release New Disclosure on Bundlers
Edited on Tue Nov-06-07 03:25 PM by obamian
Presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., said Monday evening he would release new details on the levels of campaign contributions raised by "bundlers" for his presidential campaign, "something that no other candidate has done," according to campaign spokesman Bill Burton.

Burton said the campaign "is putting together the information now" and "very shortly" intends to publish a list of bundlers and the levels of money they've raised for the campaign.

Obama, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and other candidates have publicized the names of their "bundlers," supporters who volunteer to raise tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars for their campaigns, campaign finance watchdogs said. Obama had previously disclosed that his bundlers have raised at least $50,000, while Clinton had identified that her bundlers -- known as Hillraisers - have raised at least $100,000.

Obama's announcement is "refreshing," said Craig Holman, an expert on money in elections for the nonprofit group Public Citizen.

Massie Ritsch of the political money group Center for Responsive Politics called the move "new, unique and significant."

"This is one area in the campaign finance process where there is almost complete darkness," Ritsch said. "We wish all candidates were willing to shine light on who their biggest fundraisers are and how much they've raised for them."

http://blogs.abcnews.com/theblotter/2007/11/obama-campa...

Obama continues to be the most transparent candidate. He has disclosed his 2006 earmarks, Hillary hasn't. He hasn't taken subsidized corporate jets since Jan 2006, Hillary has. He released his income tax returns to the public, Hillary hasn't. He's pledged to take public financing in the general if his opponent agrees, Hillary hasn't. He has championed ethics reform in the Illinois State Senate and the U.S. senate... The list goes on: http://thinkonthesethings.wordpress.com/2007/11/05/bara... /

**Update: More Obama Ethics History Info**


"Obama has made ethics reform a central part of his political career. Two years into his first term in the U.S. Senate, he has had limited opportunities to leave a mark at the federal level, especially as a member of the minority party. But he has worked with Republicans on new good-government laws. He co-sponsored one, signed in September, that will create a federal spending database so Web users can track all grants, loans and awards greater than $25,000. He also pushed to limit the Federal Emergency Management Agency's authority to award open-ended, no-bid contracts in the wake of major disasters a reaction to post-Katrina abuses. More to the point, last year Senate Democrats tapped Obama as the chief negotiator for their caucus in talks over post-Abramoff ethics reforms, though those negotiations faltered. Ethics reform was one of Obama's signature issues in Springfield, as well. Beyond the Gift Ban Act, he helped push Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich's 2003 ethics reforms. The gift ban law, the first broad ethics reform in Illinois since the Watergate era, prohibited politicians from using campaign funds for personal use, barred fundraising on state property, established ethics commissions, curtailed fundraisers in Springfield during legislative sessions and mandated online reporting of campaign finances. The 2003 ethics package created independent inspectors general with subpoena powers to look into abuses by legislators, statewide officeholders and their employees. It further clamped down on the types of gifts lawmakers can receive and prohibited lobbyists and their spouses from sitting on state boards and commissions. Obama also touted publicly financed judicial campaigns, an idea that was approved by the Illinois Senate but languished in the House."

http://illinoisissues.uis.edu/features/2007feb/obama.ht...

Current Ethics Reform Plan: http://www.barackobama.com/issues/corruption /
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-06-07 03:08 PM
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1. This should be a campaign ad
People do care about these things.
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Bullet1987 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-06-07 03:09 PM
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2. Once again, Obama puts his money where his mouth is
I highly doubt Clinton does anything like this.
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DURHAM D Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-06-07 03:11 PM
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3. People don't care. DU cares. People don't care.
Probably 99% of the voting population has never heard the term.
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-06-07 03:23 PM
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9. Corrupt politician?
Oh yeah, people are very familiar with that term.
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DURHAM D Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-06-07 03:25 PM
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10. Does it hurt when you over-stretch in that way? n/t
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sandnsea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-06-07 03:44 PM
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14. Does the sand in your eyes hurt
from having your head buried in it so deep?
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obamian Donating Member (282 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-06-07 03:32 PM
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11. People care about Ethics
Obama has a long record of work on Ethics, is the most transparent presidential candidate, and has the strongest ethics plan.
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DURHAM D Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-06-07 03:33 PM
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12. The response is about the word "bundler". eom
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obamian Donating Member (282 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-07-07 04:41 AM
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17. The campaign could explain the meaning of the term to voters
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FrenchieCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-06-07 03:12 PM
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4. That does not bode well for Edwards if Obama asks him to join him
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AtomicKitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-06-07 03:13 PM
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5. Obama believes in open government.
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Bullet1987 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-06-07 03:14 PM
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6. Clinton doesn't believe in open government...
she steals Obama phrases.
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AtomicKitten Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-06-07 03:16 PM
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7. Her answer during the debate about WH records made that very clear.
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Dawgs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-06-07 03:19 PM
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8. Nice. Goes well with the following link.
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Alamom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-06-07 03:38 PM
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13. Very nice since he was asked for information that has not been disclosed....
Edited on Tue Nov-06-07 03:40 PM by Alamom


http://www.suntimes.com/news/sweet/635462,CST-NWS-sweet...


An Obama spokesman, Ben Labolt, last week declined to say where Obama's records from his years in the Illinois State Senate are located. There is no law mandating the state to archive the records. The records from Obama's office -- if he kept them -- would potentially show appointments with lobbyists, policy memos, meetings, etc.

Obama has supported more earmark disclosure to bolster government transparency. Last June, Obama disclosed the earmarks he requested for Illinois and national interests. However, his office, after repeated requests since June, has yet to disclose earmarks Obama sought in 2006, before he was running for president.

Obama does list the names of hundreds of bundlers -- people committed to raising at least $50,000 for the campaign -- on his Web site. He brags about the disclosure on the stump.

But that's literally all Obama does, list a name. No cities or states, information that is available to his campaign. Some names are well known because the bundlers are celebrities or longtime activists. But it's a big country, and there are more than one Bob Clark and Lou Cohen. Just listing a name does lip service to meaningful disclosure.

Obama campaign manager David Plouffe, in a memo sent last week after the debate, said Obama is "setting a new standard of openness in campaign fund-raising." That's because the bar is very low.

Obama's campaign has refused to identify the biggest bundlers, people who are raising at least $200,000 for him and are given membership in his National Finance Council. Obama, as all major candidates, declines most of the time to disclose details about most fund-raising events.

During a town hall meeting last month in Dover, N.H., Obama pledged that he would post all meetings he would hold as president on the Internet. As a senator, Obama has never done that.


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obamian Donating Member (282 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-06-07 03:48 PM
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15. Obama already was the most transparent canididate before this and now
he's becoming more transparent. Are you saying Clinton should be held to a different standard than Obama?
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Dawgs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-06-07 04:08 PM
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16. See link?
http://thinkonthesethings.wordpress.com/2007/11/05/bara... /

Okay, now read the original post again.

Now, show me where Hillary ISN'T a lobbyist whore.
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