In an unusually brash email entitled “Hillary’s money” sent out today, Barack Obama castigated Hillary Clinton for accepting money from lobbyists and PACs, saying, “Washington lobbyists and special interests rallied to help Hillary Clinton out-raise us for the first time.” The math behind that reasoning is somewhat fuzzy. Obama says he’s $2.1 million behind, but Clinton has raised only $1.2 million from lobbyists and PACs. The $1.2 million didn’t push Clinton over the edge to surpass Obama, but it helped pad her margin. Full email after the jump.
Last night each of the presidential campaigns reported their third-quarter fundraising numbers.
The results are clear. We continue to build the largest grassroots movement in history, but Washington lobbyists and special interests rallied to help Hillary Clinton out-raise us for the first time.
If we want real change in this country, then we need to prove that together we are stronger than the lobbyist-driven money machine that has dominated Washington for too long.
The situation here is simple. We are $2.1 million behind. We must close that gap right now. I need you to make a donation:
Hillary Clinton aggressively seeks money from Washington lobbyists and special interest PACs. She’s even said that these lobbyists represent real Americans.
I think it’s time to turn the page on that kind of politics, and that’s why I have not accepted a dime from Washington lobbyists and special interest PACs in this race. We rely on a network of more than 350,000 ordinary people to make us competitive — more supporters than all the other Democratic candidates combined.
Washington lobbyists have chosen their candidate and are determined to provide her with an overwhelming advantage. But you can even up this contest.
In the face of the most entrenched political machine in Democratic politics, I believe a movement of ordinary Americans can change our country. And you can prove that right now.
I need you to make a donation to close the gap: