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Obama Compares Hillary to Swift Boaters

Thursday, 21 Feb 2008 01:20 PM

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The Barack Obama campaign has sent out a fundraising e-mail that equates a new pro-Hillary Clinton group with the Swift Boat Veteran for Truth that opposed John Kerry’s presidential candidacy in 2004.

As Newsmax reported on Wednesday, Democratic insiders have set up a new independent 527 organization called the American Leadership Project to help Hillary beat Obama in Ohio — and possibly Texas and Pennsylvania as well.

The e-mail from Obama’s campaign manager, David Plouffe, states: “The so-called ‘American Leadership Project’ will take unlimited contributions from individuals and is organized the same way as the infamous Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

“ABC News reports that this group is seeking 100 Clinton supporters to each give $100,000 to fund its $10 million effort to promote Senator Clinton and ‘contrast’ her positions with Barack Obama’s…

“Groups like this are forbidden from working primarily for the purpose of electing or defeating a candidate. Yet here we have a committee that springs up on the eve of an election, promotes a specific candidate, and has no history or apparent purpose of lobbying specific issues outside the benefit to the candidate or these communications. This raises a number of legal and ethical issues…

“Americans are ready for change. We are tired of Swift Boat-style groups and smear campaigns.”

The e-mail, with the subject line “A hundred versus a million,” also discloses that nearly 1 million individuals have donated to Obama’s campaign.

An attached message from Obama says almost one million people are “taking ownership of this movement, five dollars or twenty-five dollars at a time.

“Unlike Senator Clinton or Senator McCain, we haven’t taken a dime from Washington lobbyists or special interest PACs.”

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