With the media focus on Superdelegates, lets follow the money

While the media is now paying attention to the Superdelegate commitments for Obama and Hillary the following just arrived on my desk. Not really my desk. My email in box. Did you know that both candidates have given cash contributions to these very same people who will be casting powerful votes in this very tight Democratic primary?

“Superdelegates get campaign cash

Posted by Foon Rhee, deputy national political editor February 14, 2008 03:54 PM

Many of the superdelegates who could well decide the Democratic presidential nominee have already been plied with campaign contributions by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, a new study shows.

“While it would be unseemly for the candidates to hand out thousands of dollars to primary voters, or to the delegates pledged to represent the will of those voters, elected officials serving as superdelegates have received about $890,000 from Obama and Clinton in the form of campaign contributions over the last three years,” the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics reported today.

About half the 800 superdelegates — elected officials, party leaders, and others — have committed to either Clinton or Obama, though they can change their minds until the convention.

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.

Clinton’s political action committee has distributed about $195,000 to superdelegates, and only 13 of the 109 who had announced for her have received money, totaling about $95,000.”

Gilbert thoughts. It’s one thing for a candidate to offer a bus ride to your polling booth but this surely puts pressure on those who accepted these contributions which in themselves are probably legal.

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