Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Playing politics with 527's and Pacs

Back in December Barack Obama said:
“John said yesterday he didn’t believe in these 527s.” Then he added, “You can’t say yesterday you don’t believe in it, and today three-quarters of a million dollars is being spent for you.”

Today? It's different:
Mr. Obama’s campaign says it has taken pains to discourage these efforts on its behalf, and in fact the campaign has no recourse in controlling them. “We do not think people should be donating to 527s,” said Bill Burton, a campaign spokesman. “We would rather have them involved in our campaign. It is our hope that anyone who supports Obama does so directly through his campaign and not through these outside groups.”

Vote Hope plans to spend about $1 million supporting Mr. Obama in California, while has budgeted $2 million to $3 million for the nonpartisan voter registration drive in the South, help that could not come at a better time.

The reality is candidates can do very little to stop these groups but to attack a candidate on something that you find yourself now benefiting from is another continuing "do as I say and not as I do" political moment...This one brought to you by the Barack Obama for President Campaign...

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