GoldSpider: Car_Ramrod: So, not only must Obama deny lobbyist money, he must deny money from anyone that works for a company that employs lobbyists? That's quite a lot of companies. That's pretty unreasonable.If I wanted to convince people that I wasn't going to be influenced by lobbyists, I'd probably try a little harder to distance myself from them. But that's just me.
GoldSpider: Is this the thread where we refuse to hold our guy to the expectations he set for himself because the other side doesn't meet those expectations?
Car_Ramrod: James!: I worked for an organization that occasionally lobbied congress. Clearly I cannot donate to Obama.I currently work for a non-profit and we hire lobbyists on a regular basis (one of the lobbyists is even one of my good friends!). I clearly should be banned from giving money to anyone.
James!: I worked for an organization that occasionally lobbied congress. Clearly I cannot donate to Obama.
GoldSpider: Car_Ramrod: So, what exactly is your complaint? That people aren't criticizing Obama for something he didn't do?They're excusing him on a technicality. Yes, he did pledge to reject donations from "registered lobbyists"; a pledge that reasonable people can interpret as an effort to reduce the influence of connected special interests. "He only meant registered lobbyists! Gotcha!" kind of falls short of that expectation.
GoldSpider: Car_Ramrod: Did you read the article? How is he not being held to his own expectations?I said "thread" not "article".
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