The Obama Campaign Should NOT Cooperate with Al Wynn

by: Matt Stoller

Sun Feb 10, 2008 at 14:42

Photo of Matt Stoller and Al Wynn by Kevin Gillogly at Maryland Politics Watch

Apparently, Al Wynn was up against Clinton surrogate Sheila Jackson-Lee on Geraldo last night as an Obama surrogate.  He's hanging his whole campaign on the Obama surge in turnout, which is projecting to just swamp Maryland and the district.  Apparently at least one CBC member was out stumping in churches this morning, though I don't have confirmation of that yet (but I will soon).  It's not surprising, considering who is giving him money from among the CBC membership.  

I can't figure out the corporate blog swarm for Wynn over the last four days of $150K + in PAC money.  It's almost too late to spend that kind of money effectively.  Almost.  I imagine that Steny Hoyer turned on the cash spigot in the past week, realizing that Wynn just isn't getting it done on his own.

The Obama campaign has wisely kept its distance from Wynn, sending out a press release upon the endorsement of every elected official except Wynn.  The campaign should be wary, though, because Wynn will use any opportunity he can to act as a surrogate and pretend that he is endorsed by Obama.  And I'll just note that this is a tie that the Obama people should not want.

Fox News and Geraldo is one thing, but it should not become a trend.

UPDATE:  I got a call from Sam Grahan Felson, Wynn was freelancing here.

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Watch the polls (0.00 / 0)
I wouldn't at all be surprised if Wynn's people are at the polls telling people Obama has endorsed Wynn or some kind of variation of that.

Obama's focus on PACS has been almost absurd (0.00 / 0)
The amount of PAC contributions has been relatively insignificant.

Where the real money is coming from for Obama is largely from wealthy individuals working in the Legal profession and on Wall Street.

One percent of Clintons money came from PACS, and most of this was from single issue PACS. Like Planned Parenthood, National Organization of Women, etc.

If you look at the industries Obamas "individual contributions come from in the last quarter':

Goldman Sachs  $421,763
UBS AG  $296,670
Lehman Brothers  $250,630
National Amusements Inc  $245,843
JP Morgan Chase & Co  $240,788
Sidley Austin LLP  $226,491
Citigroup Inc  $221,578
Exelon Corp  $220,267
Skadden, Arps Et Al  $196,420
Jones Day  $181,996
Citadel Investment Group  $171,798

For Clinton:

DLA Piper  $470,150
Goldman Sachs  $407,561
Morgan Stanley  $362,700
Citigroup Inc  $350,895
Lehman Brothers  $237,270
EMILY's List  $215,916
National Amusements Inc  $210,010
JP Morgan Chase & Co  $202,320
Kirkland & Ellis  $179,676
Greenberg Traurig LLP  $177,800
Skadden, Arps et al  $167,546

To be honest, Obama is taking as much money from people working in vested interests as any other candidate.

I find the PAC argument a bit disingenuous.

The PACS that have contributed work rather for very Democratic oriented causes. Womens interests. Childrens interests. Health interests.

Obama may spin, but its pretty much spin all the way.


Except that he's also getting a ton from folks like me (0.00 / 0)
The vast majority of donors are small donors.  Me and the many students I know.  And other ordinary folks who are donating to his campaign...

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Post game rumble (0.00 / 0)
After Donna wins the congressional election Wynn's machine will still be in place and spoiling for a fight. Donna's going to be nagged by constant annoyances when the displaced Wynn machine swiftboats her on every vote and every statement she makes.

The big corporate war chest will help fund Wynn's restoration campaign. Of course, Wynn is too stupid to be very effective on his own but Rovian surrogates can always be hired.

I am not anywhere near PG (0.00 / 0)
If its anything like Baltimore, Obama's GOTV is extremely targeted and an unintended consequence may be that he brings many potential Wynn voters to the polls. Trust me, Marylanders are fired up.

confirmation yet? (0.00 / 0)
Not sure if you've gotten a handle on nailing down which CBC rep. was speaking in churches for Wynn...but interesting anecdote there that goes with your official-ticket stories. I was canvassing for Obama yesterday afternoon in Capitol Heights, and a 60-ish supporter there told me that there was an out-of-town congressman at her church that morning stumping for Obama and Wynn.

She couldn't remember exactly which one but thought it was someone from the Carolinas. If true that would narrow it down to 3 possibilities.

For the powerful, "the evil known" is ALWAYS preferrable... (0.00 / 0)
Hence inviolable law: Always Support the Incumbent!


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