Here’s yet another chapter of that “full blown tit-for-tat fact check war,” following this morning’s confirmation that Barack Obama was not, as the Clinton campaign had charged, inflating his academic credentials.
The Obama campaign released a new ad earlier today called “Nothing’s Changed” (also the name of a Chris Isaak song), which will air in Pennsylvania. In the ad he says, “I’m Barack Obama and I don’t take money from oil companies or lobbyists.”
The Clinton campaign just sent out a memo full of statistics that reads in part:
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Sen. Obama has received over $160,000 from the oil and gas companies. Two major bundlers for his campaign — George Kaiser and Robert Cavnar – are oil company CEOs. Sen. Obama has accepted money from Exxon, Shell, BP, Chevron and just about every other major oil company. Just last month, Sen. Obama accepted another $8,400 from ExxonMobil, $12,370 from Chevron and $6,500 from British Petroleum.
UPDATE: The Obama campaign sends this response:
"Senator Obama is the only candidate in the race who doesn’t accept campaign contributions from special interests PACs and Washington lobbyists, and that includes oil companies and oil lobbyists. The energy bill that Senator Clinton has already been criticized for misrepresenting — one that Clinton supporters Representatives Murtha and Kanjorski also backed — actually raised taxes on oil companies and made the largest investment in renewable energy in our nation’s history. Instead of continuing with the negative and misleading tactics that voters everywhere are rejecting, Senator Clinton should get behind the Obama plan to ease the burden of rising gas prices on working families."