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Another Obama “Change of Heart”

Prior to the Pennsylvania primary election, Obama had gone on record as refusing to provide street money for Democrats to get the vote out.

That was then.

It’s different now.

Obama needs Pennsylvania to even have a hope of winning the presidency, and in order to do that, he needs to win big in Philadelphia. Just as with Obama’s flip-flop on raising money from PACs and special interests, his principles on street money just went under the bus. Obama will send cash to the streets to buy votes in the Philly Democratic machine tradition.

The Democrats in Philadelphia paint this as a work ethic, saying, “We pay people to work.” This isn’t a payroll, however; it’s a bagman system. The campaign provides a large amount of cash on Election Day, with no accountability and no control. The ward bosses get the cash and distribute it to their foot soldiers for whatever purpose they deem fit. It’s legal but almost obviously unethical, especially given the lack of accountability for how the money actually gets used.

August 19, 2008 at 11:12 am
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