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June 19, 2008

Senator Obama – Why I’m Not Accepting Public Financing

Senator Obama made an important decision that will impact how he’s able to compete in the general election, and it’s important that we understand the decision, its implications, and the challenge ahead. 

Obama’s commitment to public financing remains firm; his commitment to a democratic form of campaign contribution still stands.  Obama has argued that his reliance on small contributions is consistent with the central goal of campaign finance reform, which is freeing politicians from big money patrons who will then be ‘owed’ favors. 

As it stands, Obama received contribution from over 1.5 million Americans – making his campaign one of the most democratically financed and supported campaigns.

The problem isn’t the amount of money in politics; it’s the source of the money. Our goal shouldn’t be to keep money out of politics — but rather to keep big money out of politics. Public financing is critical to prevent big corporations and the wealthy from continuing their domination of what might otherwise be a truly democratic political system. Public financing should be about preventing plutocracy and facilitating democracy. Political communication, grassroots organization, door to door canvassing, political rallies all cost money — but they are critical for engaging everyday people in the political process. Let’s face it, the long heated, expensive, primary battle has engaged more people in politics today than in decades.  Read the rest of Robert Creamer very informative article here:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-creamer/obamas-opt-out-of-public_b_108240.html







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  2. Big gamble on his part. I posted about this today too. (See http://deannaizme.wordpress.com/2008/06/19/obama-makes-a-major-gamble/)

    Comment by deannaizme — June 19, 2008 @ 2:08 pm | Reply

  3. I read your post. You made some good points but I see it a little different though.

    The loud whisper is that republicans are not too enthusiastic about McCain right now – his light is diming. He is losing his footing in ‘their’ standings. I don’t believe that he will be able to out raise Obama and that’s why he’s hanging on to the $300K that Clayton Williams (of TX) raised for him.

    No matter what McCain says about Obama changing his mind or however he’s going to word it, Obama can site changes he has made since becoming the presumed democratic nominee like the DNC not accepting money from lobbyists, moving the DNC headquarters to Chicago – he doesn’t have to go much further than that to show that he’s not just an agent of change but he takes action and make changes.

    I don’t think any one is going to hold Obama’s feet to the fire on public funding. It’s a huge election and he has to use all his advantages.

    I believe he would get more criticism if he DID accept public financing. That would make folks within the Democratic Party upset – they would think that he’s throwing the race away.
    Pundits/commentators/journalist would all argue for the next 5 months as to why he would throw away such an advantage. In any high stake game you hang on to your advantages and use them as much as you can. The goal is to win.


    Comment by Paulette — June 19, 2008 @ 3:45 pm | Reply

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  5. McCain Hypocrisy on Obama’s Opt-Out Decision (from Mother Jones)

    The McCain campaign has sharply criticized Barack Obama’s decision to become the first general election presidential candidate since the 1970s to opt out of the public financing system, a decision Obama can afford because of his stunning success with hundreds of thousands of low-dollar donors. As David notes at the link above, the McCain campaign said Obama’s decision “undermines his call for a new type of politics.”

    But McCain, a longtime foe of Big Money in politics, once had a friendlier view of presidential fundraisers like Obama.

    Here he is on the Fox News show “On the Record,” in January 2004:

    “I think it’s wonderful that Howard Dean was able to use the Internet, $50, $75, $100 contributions. That’s what we want it to be all about. We want average citizens to contribute small amounts of money, and that’s a commitment to a campaign. So I’m for that. I think it’s a great thing. I think the Internet is going to change American politics for the better.”

    And here he is on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” in June 2004:

    “The Internet is generating more and more people involved in the political process with relatively small campaign contributions, $50, $75. That’s wonderful. No longer can an office holder call up a CEO or a trial lawyer or a union leader and say, I need $1 million. And, by the way, your legislation is up before my committee again.”


    More? http://obamesque.wordpress.com/2008/06/21/conflict-of-interest-follow-the-money/

    Comment by Father Jones — June 23, 2008 @ 10:21 am | Reply

  6. Father Jones, McCain is a contradiction of himself! Thanks for the information!!!

    Comment by Paulette — June 23, 2008 @ 10:24 am | Reply

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