Friday, July 4, 2008

Obama Takes Heat from Democrats Over Public Financing Decision

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A noted earlier, Barack Obama has determined to reverse track and refuse public financing for the general election, in what may be seen as a John Kerry-esque style flip-flop.

The decision has upset at least one prominent Democratic Senator, and several left-leaning watch-dog groups. Sen. Russ Feingold, a co-sponsor of the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Reform Bill, lashed out at his senate colleague today:

"This is not a good decision," Feingold said in a statement today. "While the current public financing system for the presidential primaries is broken, the system for the general election is not. The entire system must be updated . . . this decision was a mistake."
Responding to Obama's defense of his decision to forego public financing (which he says is because John McCain refused to pledge to reel in conservative 527 groups), a spokesman from the left-leaning group Democracy 21 said:

"[Obama] knew the circumstances surrounding the presidential general election when he made his public pledge to use the system."
Ahhhh, nice to finally get a taste of Obama's "new brand of politics," right?

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