While the Obama minions constantly call out Hillary for misleading, Obama has managed to put out a wonderful self-congratulatory commercial touting that he “doesn’t take money from oil companies or PACS.”
He deftly uses the phrase “I don’t take money from oil companies” to convince the listening audience that he, somehow, is different from the other candidates. I guess I am confused – I think there is a difference between “don’t take” and “can’t take”.
The fact is, he doesn’t take money from oil companies because he can’t take money – directly – from corporations. And oil companies are, of course, corporations. Since 1907, candidates have been prohibited from taking such contributions. Federal campaign finance law prohibits that activity as stated in the following excerpt from the Federal Campaign Finance Handbook:
Prohibited Contributions and Expenditures
The FECA places prohibitions on contributions and expenditures by certain individuals and organizations. The following are prohibited from making contributions or expenditures to influence federal elections:
- Labor organizations;
- Federal government contractors; and
- Foreign nationals
Furthermore, with respect to federal elections:
- No one may make a contribution in another person’s name.
- No one may make a contribution in cash of more than $100.
In addition to the above prohibitions on contributions and expenditures in federal election campaigns, the FECA also prohibits foreign nationals, national banks and other federally chartered corporations from making contributions or expenditures in connection with state and local elections.
So his commercial misleads in that all candidates are prohibited from taking money from corporations. Watch the following YouTube clip which includes the misleading statement that has been made by Obama.
Now I am sure many Obama supporters will pooh pooh the notion that the oil company statement is not misleading or a lie, but if Obama and his organization know that campaign finance laws prohibit every candidate from taking oil money, why bother spinning it to look like you don’t take it instead of you can’t take it? Why, to mislead of course!
There’s a world of difference between not taking contributions because you believe it is wrong and not taking contributions because you know you can’t take them anyways. Obama has done a disservice to the voting public by blurring the line in his new commercial.