Home » From Blogs

Noted Chicago Lobbyist Redefines Lobbying

Sam Stein 29 May 2008 One Comment

Barack Obama’s chief strategist leveled the campaign’s harshest counterattack yet over John McCain’s recent rhetoric on national security issues, and defended himself against charges that threaten to make him a focus of the campaign tit-for-tat in the coming months.

The chief strategist also defended himself against a recent Newsweek story charging that he had essentially lobbied Chicago officials on behalf of his communications firm’s clients. He called the piece a “red herring,” and contrasted his record with that of his counterpart in the McCain campaign, chief strategist Charlie Black, who Axelrod labeled “the most powerful corporate lobbyist in Washington.”

“I never lobbied anybody,” Axelrod said.

One Comment »

  • Bill Baar (author) said:

    Axelrod said,

    “I never lobbied anybody,” Axelrod said. “What I do is make ads and try to involve people in the process, people outside the halls of legislatures or city councils, to get involved in public issues.”

    Sounds like lobbying to me. You’re lining everyone up to pressure your representatives.

    Nothing wrong with it and it’s lobbying…. it’s free speech.

Leave your response!

Add your comment below, or trackback from your own site. You can also subscribe to these comments via RSS.

Be nice. Keep it clean. Stay on topic. No spam.

You can use these tags:
<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

This is a Gravatar-enabled weblog. To get your own globally-recognized-avatar, please register at Gravatar.