Barack Obama

Tough Spot

Senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama pledged he wouldn't take money from federal lobbyists in his bid for the White House, a promise that puts him in a tough spot: just who qualifies as a lobbyist, and what qualifies as lobbyist money? Moreover, with the fundraising wars just beginning, how do you mount a serious campaign for the Presidency while promising to change the system?

 

The Choice

This New York Times article focuses on how Presidential candidate Barack Obama built his fundraising apparatus from zero, and makes an interesting diversion to note Obama's reluctance at having to play the high-dollar fundraising game. A supporter of public financing at the federal level, Obama is concerned by the propensity of fundraising concerns to warp the scope and focus of the campaign.

 

Here's what he has to say: