"He decries the politics of 'slash and burn,' and yet his chief supporters in California are engaged in the politics of slash and burn," said Howard Wolfson, Clinton's spokesman.
Obama returned serve, saying, "The Clintons had no problem with David Geffen when he was raising them $18 million and sleeping at their invitation in the Lincoln Bedroom."
The Clinton campaign also erroneously referred to Geffen as Obama's "finance chair" when he actually has no official role with the campaign.
Geffen, having sparked the maelstrom, offered his own statement, confirming the accuracy of Dowd's reporting and denying a formal position in the Obama campaign. He also offered his "strongest possible" support for the candidate.