The Washington Times - September 9, 2008, 07:38PM

Obama campaign manager David Plouffe is out with a new fundraising appeal tonight titled “Lies to Nowhere,” and it touts the new ad, “Naked lies.”

The McCain campaign has finally admitted that this election is about change.

Their new ad uses what news organizations are calling “naked lies” to reinvent two politicians whose records embody the same culture of corruption and far-right policies we’ve seen from the Bush administration.

The biggest whopper in the ad (that’s still being repeated day after day by McCain and Palin on the campaign trail) is that Governor Palin stopped the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere” — in fact, she supported it, and even hired a lobbyist in Washington to get more pork-barrel projects like it.

If the McCain-Palin campaign wants to have a debate about who is prepared to bring the change we need, we’re more than ready.

So we just launched a new ad to set the record straight on McCain and Palin. Watch our response ad and make a donation of $5 or more to help us keep it on the air.

Here are the facts …

Sarah Palin was a vocal supporter of the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere” — the symbol of the Republican culture of corruption — turning her back on it only after the project’s bloated pork-barrel waste was exposed.

Their ad also claims John McCain has “reformed” Washington — which would undoubtedly come as a surprise to the Washington lobbyists who are running his campaign and the special interests who have been funding it.

The most “maverick” thing about these two politicians right now is that they continue to support George Bush’s disastrous policies long after we have all seen the damage they are doing to our country.

Barack Obama and Joe Biden are ready to bring the change we need to Washington. They’re on the campaign trail every day talking about it — just today, Barack laid out his plans to transform education.

But we can’t let these ridiculous claims from the McCain campaign stand.

Watch the ad and make a $5 donation now to help us set the record straight:

Thanks for everything you’re doing.

David Plouffe
Campaign Manager
Obama for America



Here’s the ad:



Those “seven of his top campaign advisers” mentioned in the ad, contrary to another ad from Team Obama last month, actually are lobbyists.



According to the Obama campaign, they are:


Rick Davis, campaign manager, has lobbied for Airborne Express and DHL on their controversial merger deal, as well as telecom companies Bell South/SBC and Verizon.

Charlie Black, senior advisor, lobbied for more than 100 clients, including Yukos Oil and Freddie Mac.

Randy Scheunemann’s lobbying clients have included BP Amoco and the NRA.
Nancy Pfotenhauer, senior policy advisor, is a former Koch Industries lobbyist.

Frank Donatelli, the McCain campaign’s director at the RNC, has had 70 clients including PHARMA, Pfizer and Exxon Mobil.

John Green, congressional liaison, has lobbied for at least 150 clients, including insurance industry trade groups, predatory lender Ameriquest, Chevron Texaco, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac.

Wayne Berman, campaign vice-chair, finance co-chair, and advisor has also lobbied for almost 100 clients, including Ameriquest, Fannie Mae, the National Rifle Association and American Health Insurance Plans.


SOURCE: Lobbying Disclosures, US Senate Office Of Public Records


At a town hall in Lebanon, Virginia this evening, Obama blasted McCain-Palin for saying they represent change.


Among his shots: “You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change but it’s still going to stink.”


Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter,
The Washington Times


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