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The absurdity of McCain's attack that Obama profited from Fannie Mae enters lunacy-land. Barack Obama received about $166,000 from Fannie Mae employees. John McCain has received over $169,000 from Fanne Mae lobbyist, directors and officers.. Obama has received only 16K from the latter group.

Obama man of the people. McCain, man of the lobbyist.

UPDATE: In the comments hungrycoyote provides a link to the NYT article CNN took these figures from.

Digg it here, I think.

Originally posted to Tirge Caps on Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 03:27 PM PDT.


How much money do you get from lobbyist?

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  •  Tip jar (20+ / 0-)

    I know it's short, but it's sweet.

    ... the prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is mad, for the multitude of thine iniquity, and the great hatred.

    by Tirge Caps on Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 03:28:10 PM PDT

  •  They complain about Obama in the Senate for (1+ / 0-)
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    only 2 years, McCain has been there 26 years, and this is Obama fault, he profited, he was right there with them.

  •  How will McCain respond to this: (2+ / 0-)
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    Naniboujou, ratador

    The former executive's letter, not yet published, was provided to Politico:

    To The Editor:

    Yesterday, Senator John McCain released a television commercial attacking Barack Obama for allegedly receiving advice on the economy from former Fannie Mae CEO Franklin Raines. From the stump, he has recently tried tying Senator Obama to Fannie Mae, as if there is some guilt in the association with Fannie Mae's former executives.

    It is an interesting card for Senator McCain to play, given that his campaign manager, Rick Davis, was paid by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac several hundred thousand dollars early in this decade to head up an organization to lobby in their behalf called The Homeownership Alliance. ...

    I worked in government relations for Fannie Mae for more than 20 years, leading the group for most of those years. When I see photographs of Sen. McCain's staff, it looks to me like the team of lobbyists who used to report to me. Senator McCain's attack on Senator Obama is a cheap shot, and hypocritical.


    William Maloni
    Fannie Mae Senior Vice President for Government and Industry Relations (1983-2004)

    Fannie Mae vet protests McCain ad

    The Economy: The Republicans have privatized the profits, but socialized the losses.

    by hungrycoyote on Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 03:34:45 PM PDT

  •  you should make a digg link (1+ / 0-)
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    Tirge Caps

    by robertacker13 on Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 03:36:28 PM PDT

  •  You should also quote the New York Times (3+ / 0-)
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    SLKRR, defluxion10, Tirge Caps

    article your figures come from:

    More than Mr. Obama, Mr. McCain’s circle of advisers and contributors includes current and former lobbyists or directors for the companies, although since July he has called for a ban on any lobbying by the two firms.

    ’08 Rivals Have Ties to Loan Giants

    And here's the chart:

    Fannie and Freddie Donations

    The Economy: The Republicans have privatized the profits, but socialized the losses.

    by hungrycoyote on Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 03:39:28 PM PDT

  •  This is straight out of the Karl Rove playbook... (1+ / 0-)
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    Cali Techie

    ...take your own shortcomings and impose them on your opponent.  If you take hundreds of thousands from lobbyists, claim that your opponent takes millions from them.  If you have your campaign staff infested with lobbyists, claim that you are against them and they try to infer that your opponent sleeps with them.

    It isn't working this time (so far, tankfully) and its up to us to see that it doesn't!

    Obama/Biden '08

    He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it. - Confucius

    by TimRivers on Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 03:48:01 PM PDT

  •  Taking money from employees (0+ / 0-)

    VS. taking from executives and lobbyists?  Employees are folks just like you and me.  When I contriubted to Obama one of the must answer questions was who I work for.  Believe you me, I am not donating on behalf of anyone beyond myself no matter who employs me.  

    Can that be said for lobbyists and corporate executives?  Very doubtful.  When this gets spelled out like this, it is positively damning for McCain.

    I am the neo-con nightmare, I am a liberal with the facts.

    by bhfrik on Sun Sep 21, 2008 at 03:50:27 PM PDT

  •  Noticed something in the video (1+ / 0-)
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    Cali Techie

    The reporter is supposed to be at a McCain rally.  Right after the video of McCain speaking, the reporter at the event is talking.  Notice the guy standing right behind him with the sunglasses on.  He is mouthing "OBAMA".  Beuatiful!

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