I wrote the other day that in 2010 when the Supreme Court blocked a ban on corporate political spending in Citizens United v. FEC, Obama called the ruling “a major victory for big oil, Wall Street banks, health insurance companies and the other powerful interests that marshal their power every day in Washington to drown out the voices of everyday Americans.”
Now rewind to 2007, when Obama was campaigning against Silky Pony and criticizing his acceptance of money from 527s (at the time, Edwards was being supported by the only Super PAC I’ve ever heard of that curiously accepted donations of Enfamil and Huggies). Here’s my partial transcription of the video that follows:
In fact, right now, John yesterday said that he didn’t believe 527s — those are the independent groups that raise money without disclosure. Nobody knows who’s giving the money or what’s going on.
So he [Edwards] said he’s opposed to them [527s]. We found out today that there’s an outside group spending $750,000 — just bought three quarters of a million dollars of television time — and the individual who’s running the group used to be John Edwards’ campaign manager. So, you can’t say yesterday you don’t believe in ’em, and today you’re having three quarters of a millions dollars spent for you.
You can’t just talk the talk. The easiest thing in the world is to talk about Change™ during an election time — everybody talks about Change™ during an election time — but you’ve got to look about how do they act when it’s not convenient, when it’s hard. And, the one thing I’m proud of is my track record is strong on this…
Click the pic for the video at The Right Scoop:
Against Super PACs one day and for them the next? Yes We Can!
Here’s Obama v2010™ speaking out against the corporate takeover of American politics that Obama v2012™ is embracing. Donate whatever you can afford to Obama v2010™ so he can help defeat the threat to democracy that Obama v2012™ is now taking part in: