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-- -- Obama is of course working hard to get ready for whoever ends up as the Republican nominee eight.
And there are questions about whether the president when it comes to taking campaign donations as he implied one thing and done another.
This controversy concerns the most vilified people in Washington lobbyists.
Here's chief White House correspondent Ed Henry.
As a candidate he was crystal clear about banning lobbyists from contributing to his 2008 campaign.
The democratic national -- it.
Well uphold the science and we will not -- god from Boston -- a lot.
-- in office president Obama's pledge is getting working.
The New York Times reports at least fifteen of his -- supporters who give their own cash and raise more from friends are involved in lobbying for special interest and raked in five million dollars for Israel.
She campaign this president's record.
Is unprecedented what's interesting is that you're citing that story not the story that demonstrated that.
Lobbyists are lining up to in record numbers to contribute to Republican campaigns Mitt Romney leads the Republican field with at least 148000.
Dollars in direct contributions from lobbyists.
Nearly one million dollars bundled by lobbyists but Romney and other GOP candidates have not pledge to skip lobbyist money.
How Washington works there will not want my mother and there won't not.
Run I want it -- Did take the case of David Cone who oversees lobbying for Comcast corporation and bundled 500000 dollars.
The president's aides say that's okay because federal law defines a lobbyist as someone who stands at least 20% of their time lobbying.
Cone heads the office but does it registered to lobby himself so he can raise money how do you have somebody who's running the lobbying -- and raising half a million dollars.
How does that square with a man.
-- again had.
The that the president's.
Are unequaled in this regard.
The practice has been unprecedented in this regard the transparency the disclosure.
World but several democratic -- -- this encourages colleagues not to register as lobbyists with one Democrat telling fox.
There's -- less transparency instead of more.
I call it shadow lobbying.
It doesn't pass the smell test.
And if the president really wants to be the president of reform the president of ethical values he needs to stand up and say well.
And Obama campaign -- -- told -- there may need to be further reforms to make sure every -- is actually.
-- thing to lobby but the aides said in this current system.
The brightest -- to draw is banning money from actual lobbyists and the president is the only candidate to do yourself -- OK Ed thanks a lot.
House Republicans are prepared to vote.
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