Are Obama and Clinton buying votes?

 Superdelegate can be bought.

While the public fight for the Democratic nomination continues, the private battle is the one where the money is, literally.

Superdelegates, the Democrat party officials, both elected and the elites, who get a vote in the nominating process for whomever they want, are getting quite a bit of cash from the two remaining candidates in the form of campaign contributions

While unseemly, it’s not illegal, though having light on this aspect of the Democratic party’s nominating process isn’t something that should make the candidates happy, especially Barack Obama.

Senator Clinton has donated money from her political action committee to 13  of the 109 superdelegates who have publicly announced for her, totalling $95,000.  A nice chunk of change, but nothing compared to Barack Obama.

“Obama’s political action committee has doled out more than $694,000 to superdelegates since 2005, the study found, and of the 81 who had announced their support for Obama, 34 had received donations totaling $228,000.”

The level of outrage thus far is muted from the media and voters, but this story is new.  If the final nominee is determined by a handful of elite elected Democrats who’ve received money from the candidate they support, the validity of the end result will always be in question.

The only way to avoid this possible showdown would be a united ticket, but at this point, with the blood this bad, that seems unlikely and would probably be viewed as disingenuous by the public.

Tough times for the Democrats.


2 Responses to “Are Obama and Clinton buying votes?”

  1. 1 PJ
    February 15, 2008 at 11:01 am

    Of course they buy votes. What do you think Social Security is. It is a way to buy the votes of senior citizens (the largest voting group). The Dems always pull the scare tactic that the Rep. are going to do away with Social Security. What have they done to reform it since they have been in power? Zip. Yet everyone in my generation (Gen X) expects it not to be there when we retire.

  2. 2 SGT Sharp
    February 24, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Buying or stealing, what’s the difference?

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