President Obama, the White House, and the Democratic National Committee bombard us with so much false and misleading pablum about special interests and lobbyists that it’s hard to see it as anything other than a dishonest smear campaign.
The latest installment of Obama’s fake war against the special interests is an email today from Organizing for America, the heir of the Obama campaign and an arm of the DNC.
Some highlights, with my responses:
The special interests in Washington are not happy, and it’s because of something you did.
<p>Since President Obama moved into the White House, this movement has stripped them of their influence, proving we could take on the lobbyists and corporate cash with good, old-fashioned organizing.
At the risk of patting myself on the back too much, but if the special interests in Washington are unhappy with me, it’s probably for pointing out how:
- The single-largest industry group in the country, the Pharmaceutical Researchers and Manufacturers of America, helped write ObamaCare and profits from it.
- The company that spends the most on lobbying, General Electric, lobbies for and profits from plenty of Obama’s top policy priorities, such as cap-and-trade, renewable energy subsidies, high-speed rail subsidies, battery subsidies, smart meters, and embryonic stem-cell subsidies.
- Labor union PACs have spent more this year than every PAC in these industries, combined:
oil and gas, mining, Wall Street, commercial banks, defense contractors, HMOs, telecom, and lobbyists.
So, it doesn’t sound like Obama stripped the special interests of their power.
And “corporate cash”? Did I mention that Democrats have gotten more in aggregate from all of those industries’ PACs than Republicans have?
The email is obviously riffing off of the recent New York Times piece on Boehner, so go check out my other recent posts about that article’s flaws:
- A White House tightly bound to lobbyists
- Pelosi has pocketed nearly twice as much lobbyist cash as Boehner
- Speaking of floor leaders: Steny Hoyer’s intimate ties with lobbyists