Obama's con on 'no lobbyist money' pledge

Remember Obama's pledge not to take money from lobbyists? He was going to usher in a new era of clean politics. He even repeated the pledge in a recent fundraising letter: "We don't accept any money from special-interest groups or Washington lobbyists."  Timothy Carney of the Washington Examiner didn't take the pledge at face value (unlike the dominant media) and checked the filings with the Federal Election Committee.  His conclusion: President Obama doesn't take campaign contributions from lobbyists -- unless you count the owners and CEOs of lobbying firms, corporate vice presidents for government relations, or managing directors for public policy. It's all a con -- smoke and mirrors for a public that the Obama campaign presumes can be fooled, with the cooperation of the dominant media, who won't raise awkward questions to a level that would generate widespread public notice. Here's how the con works:  So how do they skate around Obama's "ban"? They are not...(Read Full Post)