Barack Obama's campaign tries to play "count the lobbyist" with John McCain. Now I don't accept the lobbyist = bad equation, and so I think that this is all a little trivial.
But hypocrisy is not trivial. Let's do a little recount of the lobbyists around Obama.
There's Jim Johnson, who I have previously written about. Johnson has represented the former Prime Minister of Senegal, and as CEO of Fannie Mae, he improperly disclosed profits that resulted in him getting a big bonus he didn't deserve. Obama put this lobbyist-fundraiser-foreign-agent in charge of picking his Vice Presidential candidate.
There's Francisco J. Pavía, his Puerto Rico state director, and a lobbyist for the Government of Puerto Rico. That violates Obama's lobbyist policy. What have they done about that?
There's his chief strategist David Axelrod, may not be exactly a lobbyist but certainly represents a lot of those corporations that Obama condemns. Obama said "I am in this race to tell the corporate lobbyists that their days of setting the agenda in Washington are over." I guess that the corporate lobbyists are elemental evil, while corporate admen and astroturfers are all good.
Find me the logic in that. It doesn't stop. Read on.
One person at MyDD never bought the argument. Unlike some people in the press, she actually checked the Senate records. This is what she found:
In fact, at least five of Obama's disclosed bundlers have registered in the past with the Senate Office of Public Records. Three of them hadn't filed the normal paperwork indicating termination of their lobbying contracts, though Alan Solomont, Tom Reed and Scott Harris all told they Hill they had stopped lobbying.
Then from NRO's Mark Hemingway, there is a lobbyist and Rezko money passthrough:
Peter Bynoe has pledged to raise between $100,000 and $200,000 for the senator. Bynoe was an Illinois state lobbyist who is on the federal government’s list of people who helped raise money for Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich through Chicago political rainmaker Tony Rezko. When he wasn’t helping Obama with his shady housing purchase, Rezko was busy arranging for kickbacks for Blagojevich’s wife and other senior officials in Blagojevich’s administration, which has also been the target of a number of unrelated Federal corruption investigations.
I am sure that he's a lovely man though...
Why is Obama getting a free pass on all of this? Yet again, he is just not coming clean.