Obama Returns Lobbyists’ Money

By Curtis Raye

Apr 14, 2007 10:37am

ABC News’ Jake Tapper reports: Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, yesterday announced that his campaign is returning $50,566 from 49 donors who Obama’s campaign says are lobbyists.

"Giving back these donations is part of our best efforts to ensure we stay true to our commitment to not take money from federal lobbyists," Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said."

This, combined with Obama’s criticism of music artists who use degrading language, prompted NPR’s Scott Simon to speculate aloud whether Obama would return the $1.3 million raised for him by David Geffen.  Geffen, a billionaire record executive, signed many rap stars including Snoop Dogg, Common, and The Game.

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