The Republican National Committee released a statement today that claimed because of Jim Johnson’s loans from Countywide, the Obama campaign is full lobbyists and corporate insiders. “Barack Obama routinely rails against lobbyists and corporate insiders, yet his campaign is stocked with both.”
“Now it turns out that the man leading his vice presidential selection team is receiving highly questionable loans. With millions of Americans struggling to pay their mortgages, it raises serious questions about Obama’s judgment when we learn members of his campaign leadership are receiving favors that the average American would never get. With Obama discussing the economy today, he needs to stand up and address the mortgage scandals within his campaign,” the statement continued.
Interestingly, the RNC did not name any of the other lobbyists and corporate insiders that the Obama campaign is crawling with. Of course, the real points of this attack are that Obama is as an elitist with poor judgment. They want to portray John McCain as the “real” voice for change in this campaign. The problem is that McCain has 134 lobbyists working for his campaign.
To give you a specific example of how deeply the lobbyists have penetrated the McCain campaign, the Electronic Frontier Foundation ran a story a few days ago that McCain’s top political advisor Charlie Black, his national finance co-chair Wayne Berman, and a member of his judiciary advisory committee Dan Coats have all lobbied for the telecommunications companies in favor of immunity against lawsuits stemming from their participation in the government’s warrantless wiretapping program.
The presence of these lobbyists helps to explain why McCain changed his position from being against immunity six months ago, to now favoring it today. If one looks at Obama gigantic grassroots Internet fundraising operation, it is obvious that is not a special interest campaign, but Republicans are so afraid of Obama’s change message that they will stretch anything to try to build a scandal to stop it. There are some valid criticisms that can be made of Obama, but saying that his campaign is stocked with lobbyists and corporate insiders is certainly not one of them.