CBS News Looks At The Lack Of Obama Fundraising Transparency
"The fact that the Obama campaign has not provided more information about who these small
donors are really runs counter to his transparency message." -- Sheila Krumholz, Center For
CBS' "Evening News"
October 27, 2008
CBS' Katie Couric: "If it seems that you're seeing a lot more of Barack Obama on TV, there's a
good reason. He raised a lot more money than John McCain, and since clinching the nomination
in June, he's outspent him better than 2-1. So where did Senator Obama get that kind of cash?
Sharyl Attkisson follows the money."
CBS' Sharyl Attkisson: "Early on, both Barack Obama and John McCain promised to limit
their fundraising, but Obama reversed that pledge when he won his party's nomination. Now he
ranks as the greatest political fundraiser of all time, more than $600 million, compared to $350
million for McCain. Obama's broken another record. He's gotten more money than anyone in
history from unidentified donors with names like 'Doodad' who lists his employer as 'Loving,'
and has given more than $17,000, way over federal limits."
Barack Obama: "Ninety percent of our contributions are from small donors."
Attkisson: "And lots of Obama donors don't have to be disclosed at all under federal law
because they gave under $200. McCain's posted his small donor list online -- an imperfect list
that has some cities listed as 'Anonymous' -- but Obama hasn't given any details at all about who
his small donors are, drawing extra criticism after he raised a record-shattering $150 million last
Center For Response Politics' Sheila Krumholz: "The fact that the Obama campaign has not
provided more information about who these small donors are really runs counter to his
Attkisson: "You might be surprised by who else besides those unnamed small donors is on the
Obama team. Like McCain, Obama's corporate donor list reads like a who's who of the Wall