“Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said Thursday he will bypass the federal public financing system in the general election, abandoning an earlier commitment to take the money if his Republican rival did as well,” AP reports.
He was for public financing before he was against it.
“Obama, who set records raising money in the primary election, will forgo more than $84 million that would have been available to him in the general election. He would be the first candidate to do so since Congress passed 1970s post-Watergate campaign finance laws.”
So he’s bringing change to Washington.
“Obama officials said they decided to take that route because McCain is already spending privately raised funds toward the general election campaign.”
And then they broke out laughing.
“It’s not an easy decision, and especially because I support a robust system of public financing of elections,” Obama told supporters in a video.
It’s just not politically convenient to support it right now.
“But the public financing of presidential elections as it exists today is broken.”
It broke sometime between my pledge to support it and my decision to abandon it. Probably about the time I realized how much money I was raking in from Wall Street.
“Obama has shattered president campaign fundraising records, raking in more than $265 million as of the end of April.”
Yep. The system’s broken.
“The McCain campaign, in a statement, said Obama ‘has revealed himself to be just another typical politician who will do and say whatever is most expedient for Barack Obama. Barack Obama is now the first presidential candidate since Watergate to run a campaign entirely on private funds.'”
Because he can.
“Obama said McCain and the Republican National Committee are fueled by contributions from Washington lobbyists and political action committees.”
But . . .
Despite “Obama’s claim that outside groups allied with McCain will spend millions of dollars against him, few Republican-leaning groups have weighed into the presidential contest so far. In fact, Obama allies such as MoveOn.org are the ones have been spending money on advertising against McCain.”
Obama distanced himself from MoveOn, saying it wasn’t the same MoveOn he used to know.
“In response to a questionnaire in November from the Midwest Democracy Network, which is made up of nonpartisan government oversight groups, Obama said: ‘Senator John McCain has already pledged to accept this fundraising pledge. If I am the Democratic nominee, I will aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election.'”
Obama distanced himself from himself, saying he wasn’t the same Obama he used to know.