Obama raises funds by pretending to not raise funds from special interests 

I just got this email from the Obama campaign:

Friend --

I've set aside time for four supporters like you to join me for dinner.

Most campaigns fill their dinner guest lists primarily with Washington lobbyists and special interests.

We didn't get here doing that, and we're not going to start now. We're running a different kind of campaign. We don't take money from Washington lobbyists or special-interest PACs -- we never have, and we never will.

We rely on everyday Americans giving whatever they can afford -- and I want to spend time with a few of you.

So if you make a donation today, you'll be automatically entered for a chance to be one of the four supporters to sit down with me for dinner.

Umm, that's not really accurate.

Obama spends many nights every month dining with special interests. I know, because I review the lists of the folks who pay $30,800 for the privilege of private dinners with the President.

I guess Obama could argue that the wealthy folks funding his campaign aren't "special interests." But if he did so he would be lying or twisting words beyond recognition.

Is Cecile Richards, head of uber-powerful abortion lobby Planned Parenthood not a "special interest"? Because she dined with Obama at a fundraiser in Austin earlier this year. How about Google lobbyist (unregistered) Vint Cerf, who gave the max to Obama?

You ever hear of Duke Energy? You know, the largest nuclear power company in America? Duke's CEO gave more than $30k to attend a fundraiser with Obama. Industrialist Elon Musk, who owns an an electric car company -- is he not a special interest?

Hedge fund mogul Raj Rajaratnum -- since convicted of insider trading -- gave the max to Obama, and most likely attended a fundraising dinner. Chrysler lobbyist Jody Trapasso never gave to Obama, but he raised money for the reelection, and his wife, a homemaker, gave the max. Do you really think Obama has never broken bread with him?

When Obama holds million-dollar fundraisers in San Francisco and Manhattan and D.C., there are always special interests, and often lobbyists who simply aren't registered as such. Yet Obama continues to pretend his billion-dollar campaign is funded by regular people like you.

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