Update: proving that only HIS lobbyists are allowed, B0 uninvited Max Cleland

Cleland has told associates he was asked to appear at an Obama fundraising event in Atlanta on July 8, only to be told at the last minute that he wouldn’t be welcome.


Obama spokesman Bill Burton also declined to comment on Cleland’s exclusion from the Atlanta fundraiser.

“Sen. Obama has nothing but respect for Sen. Cleland’s service to our country and appreciates his support,”

Also, another take on B0’s June fundraising

Original entry:

remember the guy who said that he doesn’t take money from lobbyists? yes, I know he lied, but here’s a whiff of the “new politics” if he gets his claws on power:

“Should ‘CHANGE’ occur in November as polls indicate, we should see a lot of people from Illinois moving to Washington, D.C., and taking key spots in an Obama administration. Now is the time to anticipate these changes.”

“We will be in Washington, D.C., August 4, 5, and 6, and we’re interested in scheduling a meeting with your government affairs team to discuss the changing political landscapes and our services and capabilities,”

So writes to K street Dan Shomon, who was political director of Obama’s successful 2004 campaign for the Senate. regrets and distancing follow from both Shomon and the Obama campaign….

What polls is Dan reading anyway? Cuz the one on my internet say there’s going to be a thumping…

Maybe they are trying to get contracts signed fast, before lobbyists figure this one too…

Too late. Lobbyists have a nose for wind change – or else this correspondence would not have been leaked to Politico

In related news, Reid & gang are doing the same – in a  slightly less cravenly way

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), who managed the meeting for the leadership, called in the CEOs of the city’s most powerful trade associations to circumvent what Democrats consider their more partisan lobbyists — many of whom are Republicans with long-standing ties to the power structure that got toppled in 2006.
If it was a step-in-line message Democrats were hoping to send, they were treading on sensitive terrain. After taking control of Congress in the 1990s, Republicans hauled corporate leaders into meetings, first to tell them to help with legislation and later to pressure them to fire Democrats and hire Republicans for top jobs. The effort, known as the K Street Project, led to PR troubles, ethics flaps and a string of criminal cases involving Jack Abramoff.

Democrats dismiss the comparison….

A Democratic aide who helped organize the meeting said the groups worried that Reid would “yell” at them about hiring more Democrats. “‘No, we don’t have a reverse K Street Project,’” he said he replied repeatedly.