January 16, 2008

IS OBAMA THE SWAHILI FOR "DO-NOTHING"?:

Obama blocked own 'top Senate achievement' (Kenneth P. Vogel, Jan 16, 2008, Politico)

Barack Obama boasted at Tuesday's Democratic presidential debate that, thanks to his work in the Senate, the public can find out which special interest lobbyists are raising money for candidates.

In fact, the public cannot — also as a result of Obama's work in the Senate.

He led a partisan confirmation battle that crippled the agency charged with implementing the new law requiring candidates to disclose lobbyists who collect big checks for candidates — a process known as “bundling.”

So, as it stands now, the public can't find out which lobbyists are bundling contributions to which candidates, as Obama claimed, and it likely won’t be able to until well after the presidential nominations are decided.

Even if the occasional lobbyist or candidate volunteered such information, it wouldn’t be publicly available through the Federal Election Commission, as envisioned by the law, which Obama has cited during the campaign as a top legislative achievement.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 16, 2008 3:33 PM
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